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What is positive psychology?

What is positive psychology? How does this approach to psychology differ from many other approaches?

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Last Updated June 21, 2009.

1. What is positive psychology?

Positive Psychology is a term coined by psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman, and a movement in psychology (see http://www.lifeskillstraining.org/seligman.htm). Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. (http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/)

Thus, Positive Psychology is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. It aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive. The positive psychology movement represents a new commitment on the part of research psychologists to focus attention upon the sources of psychological health, thereby going beyond prior emphases upon disease and disorder. ...

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This solution explains what positive psychology is in detail on several dimensions (what it is, what it does, and application), and briefly discusses how this approach to psychology differs from many other approaches. Last updated on June 21, 2009.

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