Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology

Envision yourself healthy.

Positive Psychology is one of three successful therapies in SELF ReClaimed along with Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Bibliotherapy. Each form of therapy helps initiate transformation by changing Limiting Beliefs to Limit-Less Beliefs.

Positive Psychology is a relatively new field that examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled. Traditional psychology focuses on dysfunction, whereas positive psychology strives to increase overall well-being. The major topics of interest include happiness, optimism, mindfulness, flow, character strengths and virtues, hope, positive thinking and resilience.

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Positive Psychology helps you envision yourself healthy: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Its premise is to start asking “What is right with me?” rather than asking, “What is wrong with me?” Strength is as important as weakness.

Psychologist Martin Seligman founded the field in 2000, serves as the director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of several books including Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being, and his latest, The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism.

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The Three Pillars of Positive Psychology are:

  1. Positive Emotions - Understanding positive emotions necessitates the study of contentment in the past, happiness in the present and hope for the future.
  2. Positive Individual Traits - Understanding positive individual traits requires the study of strengths and virtues such as the capacity for love, work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-knowledge, moderation, self-control and wisdom.
  3. Positive Institutions - Understanding positive institutions entails the study of the strengths that foster better communities such as justice, responsibility, civility, parenting, nurturance, work ethic, leadership, teamwork, purpose and tolerance.

For more information, watch "What is Positive Psychology" and Martin Seligman's inspiring TEDTalk, "The New Era of Positive Psychology" below.

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