W&M Psychologen

positive psychology

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‘Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It is a call for psychological science and practice to be as concerned with strength as with weakness; as interested in building the best things in life as in repairing the worst; and as concerned with making the lives of normal people fulfilling as with healing pathology. Nowhere does this definition say or imply that psychology should ignore or dismiss the very real problems that people experience. Nowhere does it say or imply that the rest of psychology needs to be discarded or replaced. The value of positive psychology is to complement and extend the problem-focused psychology that has been dominant for many decades’ [Footnote].

In practice we talk about focus on personal growth.
We analyse and discuss people’s strengths that enable them as individuals (being part of an organisation/community) to thrive. We belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and for that reason like to cultivate what is best within oneself and enhance experiences of success and happiness by taking a Positive Mindset.

Footnote
Definition by Christopher Peterson (February 18, 1950 – October 9, 2012) was professor at the University of Michigan and science director of the VIA Institute on Character. He co-authored the book Character Strengths and Virtues.

 

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