“Seligman (1998) noted positive psychology’s focus is to make the lives of all people rewarding and to build positive experiences”(Costello & Stone, 2012). His concern and main focus was to train and support staff, faculty, and administrators of positive psychology approaches and overall, helping their students grow as learn...
In life, it certainly seems that for most people, happiness is the end goal. People do what they do for many reasons, but quite often their motives are simply fueled by their desire to be happy. However, happiness is attained in many different ways. As Aristotle points out, happiness is achieved through goodness, which is also very complicated. After all, life is not black and white, and our actions are not just good or bad. Rather, our actions can have ends that are intrinsically good or instrumentally good. If they are instrumentally good, then they will allow us to attain something that we can "trade" for something else that will bring us happiness. For example, if we win tickets at an arcade, they would be considered instrumentally good because although they don't bring us happiness, we can trade them in for a prize that does. On the other hand, some things are intrinsically good. We want these things simply because we want them; they bring us pleasure or security. When we obtain these things, we are satisfied with them and we experience happiness.
Martin Seligman and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi defined actual theory of positive psychology in 1998 that looks at all attributes of a person’s psychology. Traditional psychology is not overlooked, nor does it replace it. Positive psychology is viewed as a form of therapy that simply looks at the positive rather than just the treatment.
Research has suggested that cardiac patients benefit from positive psychology interventions since they are often experiencing depression, anxiety, and negative affect. American Heart Association has acknowledged the association between depression and worse prognosis following acute coronary syndrome due to possible nonadherence to lifestyle changes. As I mentioned earlier, positive psychological constructs, such as optimism, positivity are related to less cases of hospitalization, adherence to prescribed medication, and consequently reduced mortality and secondary complications in patients with chronic diseases. Some studies also show that the same positive constructs play a positive role in patients with heart diseases. Specifically, individuals
To understand positive psychology and trauma, one must first understand what each term means. First, positive psychology is the study and focus on the best in human behavior. It is a fairly new perspective being observed and used by psychologists from all over the world. The goal of positive psychology is to study and promote conditions that can help people to achieve happy, healthy, and productive lifestyles. It is derived from research and theories from many areas of psychology and tying them together while focusing on the positive aspects of human behavior. What does it mean to be positive? Being positive is displaying affirmation, acceptance, or certainty toward an object, idea, or person.
The psychological theory is how they suspect people to have negatively been affected as children or something that causes them to go over into insanity. It is the scientific study of human behavior and mental process which attempt to uncover why we do what we do. There are many other different types of the psychological theory. Some theories have fallen out of favor, while others remain widely accepted, but all have contributed tremendously to our understanding of human thought and behavior. By learning more about these theories, you can gain a deeper and richer understanding of psychology's past, present and future.
This method focuses on thoughts and beliefs and how they may cause a disorder. A person using this approach would attend talk therapy in which the therapist would help them strengthen their positive thoughts about themselves and the world around them. By doing this, the goal is that they would see the world around them in a more positive light and find more enjoyment in life again. The Psychological approach contrasts the Biological in that it believes that the origin for the disorders are not physical, but rather they are caused by how a person
Our society is flooded with people who are choosing anxious, fearful, depressive, obsessive, crazy, hostile, violent, addictive and withdrawn behaviors. All of them are seriously unhappy; there is no shortage of unhappy people in the world. But, unfortunately, many mental health practitioners who believe in mental illness don't see the unhappy people described above as capable of helping themselves or benefitting from therapy. They see them as "suffering" from brain pathology, incapable of helping themselves without drugs. They reject psychotherapy as useless or too time-consuming.
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In this activity, you’ll experiment with one of the two strategies intended to increase happiness. The first was briefly described in the preceding text; the second is new. Assignments similar to both of these have been employed with encouraging results in positive psychology class at colleges such as the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania.
Another institutional area positive psychology is being utilized is in schools. Teachers and schools are uniquely placed to make a positive difference to mental health at the community level. If we can teach kids life-long skills to build wellbeing, we are nurturing a generation better equipped to avoid the mental health issue so prevalent today. By applying a positive lens to their education, through a range of tools and approaches based on the science of positive psychology, they will be more likely to develop a growth mindset that sustains lifelong learning. In the article Positive Psychology at School: A School-Based Intervention to Promote Adolescents’ Mental Health and Well-Being by Anat Shoshani and Sarit Steinmetz (2013) conducted a
It has significant power to aid mental health and well-being, assisiting individuals to reach optimal levels of health and allow them to live a longer, healthier life. Positive pschology also contributes to physical health and well-being as discussed above, by aiding individuals to become and maintain healthy, but also assisting recovery from illness and in some cases, increasing life expectancy. Happiness is a topic within positive psychology that is both interesting and has a large effect on health and well-being. Positive psychology literature suggests that those who are aware that they are happy and satisfied with their life, are generally healthier both physically and psychologically. This contribution has lead to developing measures of happiness and allowing individuals to become aware of their own happiness. The area of positive psychology is becoming increasingly poplular due to the fact that it focuses on promoting optimal health and well-being and focuses on what is right rather than what is wrong. The contributions positive psychology has made to overall health and well-being in individuals is significant and these contributions are continuing to improve health regularly due to the powerful effect that it has made
Psychology can be described as the scientific study of how humans and animal behave and how they use their brain to do things. Understating the concepts of how things are done is very much important in psychology. There are many components of psychology. Educational psychology is one of the component in psychology which deals with the learning process and psychological issues associated with the teaching and training of the students.