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Positive Psych Test Review 19:41 Ch. 1 - The Basics History of Positive psychology Traced back to Martin E.P. Seligman’s 1998 Presidential Address to the American  Psychological Association Vision of Positive Psychology Move away from the negative in psychology Attempt to redress what is perceived as an imbalance in the focus of research attention  and practice objectives in psychology Provide a different lens through which to study psychological phenomena Instead of asking How can we fix it? And what doesn’t work?, positive psychology asks  “what works, what is right, and what is improving?” Definitions of Positive Psychology  Meta-psychological level – redress the imbalance in psychological research and practice  by calling attention to the positive aspects of human functioning and experience Pragmatic level – about understanding the wellsprings, processes, and mechanisms  that lead to desirable outcomes Positive Psychology now: at crossroads, gaining appeal and recognition Possible future of Positive Psychology (3 paths it could take) Positive psychology could disappear because it has brought about the meta- psychological integration that was its aim It could bring about some of the meta-psychological integration, enabling researchers  and practitioners to understand both the positive and negative, but could continue as an  area of research It could continue as a specialty, but increasingly marginalized area, locked out of major  psychological agendas Directions of Focus for the Future Synthesize the positive and the negative Build on historical antecedents and existing knowledge Integrate across levels of analysis Become more holistic Build constituency and reach out to powerful stakeholders Description or prescription? Describing vs. prescribing something as good Descriptive science defines, delineates, and documents findings, leaving them free of  value judgment
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