Martin Seligman (2012) argues that the history of psychology has largely been dominated by a focus on repairing pathologies or, in his words, making “miserable people less miserable.” By contrast, he believes that “psychology should be just as concerned with strengths as well as weaknesses, with building strengths, and making the lives of normal people fulfilling.” This vision led Seligman to pioneer a new field called “positive psychology” (Tomasevic, 2013). 873 more words
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First, I have to admit it feels really good to think something (or at least: say it “in the digital public”) for the very first time. 683 more words
You will need a pen, paper and sixty seconds of silence, daily for one week.
Every night before you go to bed write down three things that went well that day and why. 336 more words
Psychology is still ruled by the Disease Model. But Positivity and Strength-Orientation are gaining Ground
When I talk about Positive Psychology in Germany, I also talk about the necessity for this rather recent branch of research and practice (see the slides below), referring to the fact that most psychological research is centered around a disease model, thereby concentrating on mental illness, its antecedents, and cures – just as… 307 more words