Beethovens Ninth Symphony is a fine example of inspiring music about

Beethovens ninth symphony is a fine example of

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Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is a fine example of inspiring music about togetherness, in which the composer, despite his deafness and many sufferings, gives joy the upper hand. To illustrate the approach taken in positive psychology we go to the counselling practice of Hildegarde xx . She works with victims of cluster munitions. As she talks with an East European bomb blast survivor the question arises: "What is your strength?" The counsellor notes how quickly this survivor goes on to talk about her strengths. She calls herself a "fighter" and says that her surgeon thought so too, because "he ignored normal procedure and did everything he could to save her leg". She thinks of herself as the luckiest woman in the world, because she lives in a country where that was possible. Though she knew that she would never fully recover, she did her best, day in day out, not to feel sorry for herself, and tried to achieve a little more each day. Her courage made her persist. She saw many dead and wounded people, but she survived. Though few people at the age of twenty have experienced what she has been through, i.e. learning to use a wheelchair, she didn't think of herself as less fortunate for it. She tried to see the positive side. Not only that, but she said, "It will take more than a cluster bomb to rob me of my happiness. I chose to laugh. I don't need a reason for my existence. I am the reason." It releases her from fretting about the point of life and asking herself why this misfortune fell upon her. "I didn't waste time asking: ‘why me?’ It happened and I had to learn to live with it. It is a form of realism." Her eternal thanks to her
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surgeon are based on a range of spiritual emotions. She sees the sense of obligation that arises from the virtue of justice as a strength, which allows her to overcome her pain in a meaningful way. As she speaks the young woman explains inner resources, external support, character traits, talents and abilities. It struck the counsellor how elated the survivor was during the talk. Her eyes began to sparkle and there was vitality in her body language. i Gendlin, E.T. (1978) Focusing . New York: Everest house. p. 75 ii Seligman, Martin E.P.; Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (2000). "Positive Psychology: An Introduction". American Psychologist 55 (1): 5-14. iii Long before this Thomas Aquinas described "the good, the true, the beautiful’ as roads that lead to a meeting with God. iv Seligman, M.E.P. (2002). Authentic Happiness . New York: Free Press. v Seligman, M.E.P. (2011) Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being. New York : Free Press. vi Rebecca Oxford revised in our course on existential well-being counseling the five elements of Seligman’s PERMA. Positive Emotions (P in PERMA) include “pleasure, ecstasy, comfort, warmth, and the like” (Seligman, 2011, p. 17). Seligman (2011) endorses Frederickson’s (2001, 2003, 2004) “broaden-and-build” theory of positive emotion by saying “the positive emotions broaden and build abiding psychological resources that we can call on later in life” (p. 66), while negative emotions narrow and reduce the individual’s response options to
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