14 Oct
Positive Psychology; the Ongoing Debate

Truth be told, much of traditional psychology is centered on asking the question ‘what is wrong with you?’ 

It typically focuses on an individual’s inadequacies, key areas requiring improvement or further development. A number of misconceptions result from traditional psychology including;

  • Fixing what is wrong leads to well-being
  • Effective coping is reflected by a reduction in negative states
  • Correcting weaknesses creates optimal performance
  • Weakness deserves more attention because strengths will take care of themselves
  • A deficit focus can help to prevent problems

In essence, positive psychology flips the script on traditional psychology. While it is important to identify patterns of self-sabotage, negative behaviors and self-limiting cognitive and emotional biases, positive psychology focuses on the opposite, positive aspects of an individual. 

It leaves you feeling good, cultivates self-love rather than loathing, and identifies methods through which individuals can optimise and harness their strengths to achieve greater levels of fulfillment.

The focus of positive psychology is not on trying to be positive, denying negative emotions or deluding oneself into only looking at the rosy aspects of life. Instead, it strives to answer significant questions like:

  • What characteristics do people with high levels of happiness possess?
  • What qualities do people who manage their troubles effectively have?
  • What strengths do these people possess?
  • How can we increase well-being through self-knowledge?

If you are interested in learning more about positive psychology and running through some exercises to enhance your well-being, it is worth exploring in more depth. 

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