Positive Psychology Themes

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Positive Psychology Themes Positive psychology is for understanding people better and building the human strengths in an attempt to help people flourish. Both good and bad behaviors tend to make people curious about the underlying causes of them. I often do wonder about how much control we really have over our own behavior. Positive psychologists do assume that people can choose, change, and control their life’s direction, which validates efforts to build human strengths and foster civic virtues. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The Positive Psychology Center promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. Psychologists have founded this field on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within their selves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Positive Psychology has three
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Unformatted text preview: central concerns: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. Understanding positive emotions entails the study of contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future. Understanding positive individual traits consists of the study of the strengths and virtues, such as the capacity for love and work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-knowledge, moderation, self-control, and wisdom. 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 (“Positive psychology center”, 2007, para 1). References Positive psychology center. (February 20, 2007). University of pennsylvania , Retrieved from http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/index.html...
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2011 for the course PSY 240 taught by Professor Colina during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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