Pos._Psych._Ch._1_ppt - An Introduction to POSITIVE...

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An Introduction to POSITIVE Psychology Welcome to Positive Psychology Definition of Positive Psychology : In General Terms: Positive Psychology uses psychological theory, research, and interventions techniques to understand the positive, the adaptive, the creative and the emotionally fulfilling elements of human behavior. Sheldon & King (2001): “It is nothing more than the scientific study of ordinary human strengths and virtues….with an interest in finding out what works, what’s right, and what’s improving…. .”
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Therefore, positive psychology studies what people do right and how they manage to do it. It includes what people do for themselves, For their families, and For their communities.
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Dimensions of Positive Psychology Positive Psychology Focuses on Three Areas of Human Experience 1. Positive Subjective States: Positive emotions such as: a. Happiness b. Joy c. Satisfaction with life d. Relaxation e. Love f. Intimacy g. Contentment h. Constructive thoughts about self and future such i. Feelings of energy, vitality, and confidence or the j. Effects of positive emotions such as laughter
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The more enduring and persistent behavior patterns seen in people over time such as: a. Courage b. Persistence c. Honesty d. Wisdom Positive Psychology includes the study of positive behaviors and traits that historically have been used to define “character strengths” or virtues. It can also include the ability to develop aesthetic sensibility or tap into creative potentials and the drive to pursue excellence. 2. Positive Individual Traits
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3. Positive Institutions a. Civic virtues b. Creation of healthy families c. Study of healthy work environments d. Positive communities. Positive psychology may also be involved in the investigations that look at how institutions can work better to support and nurture all of the citizens they impact. In many ways, the focus of positive psychology is the scientific study of positive human functioning and flourishing at a number of levels, such as biological, personal, relational, institutional, cultural and global. (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000)
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The Scope of Positive Psychology See Text for list Pg. 4 One of positive psychology’s early accomplishments was to help psychologists pay attention to what people do right. Once psychologists began to notice the many ways that human being succeed in life, these neglected aspects of behavior became the focus of theory, research and intervention strategies.
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Early Mission of Psychology 1. Cure all mental illness. In the early 1950’s, no real cures existed for the major types of mental illness. Today, there are real cures for many types of mental illness, such as: panic disorder depression and highly effective treatments exist for others, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (Seligman, 1994)
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2. Find and Nurture Genius and Talent Early studies in this area focused on the development of intelligence .
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Pos._Psych._Ch._1_ppt - An Introduction to POSITIVE...

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