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Positive Psychology Spring 2013

Emerges upon recognition that one has obtained a

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Emerges upon recognition that one has obtained a positive outcome - From another who behaved in a way that was: costly to him/her - Valuable to the recipient - Intentionally rendered - Benefit might be derived from a nonhuman action or event - Maslow – expressing gratitude is a virtue - Attitudes incompatible with grateful outlook - Victimhood - Inability to admit shortcomings - Since of entitlement - Narcissi – I am something extra I deserve it Forgiveness = freeing from a negative attachment to the source that has transgressed against a person - Adversity Hypothesis – people need adversity, setbacks and perhaps trauma to reach to the highest level of strength fulfillment and personal development - PROS: reveals your hidden abilities; strenghtents relationships (and opens people’s hearts to one another); changes priorities and philosophies toward the present Forgiveness can be: - Intrapersonal: “something that occurs purely within yourself (making up one’s mind to forgive and release negative emotions toward the offender) - Interpersonal: “complete forgiveness must involve treating the offender kindly and repairing the trust within the relationship” Motivations to forgive: - Care worthiness – you forgive people for whom you feel empathy or being closed to - Expected value - safety
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Class 6 Willpower - is a limited resource - using willpower functions similar to doing any muscular work (it wears out) - limits what we are able to do on a daily basis What restores will power? - Rest - Experiencing Positive Emotions Energy sources & Energy Drains – small changes can make the biggest impact in your life, in addition to what you are doing Emotions - Best: reflection of life satisfaction or signals of specific daily actions that need to be taken - Worst: emotions are toxic to our lives or detrimental to decision making - It is important to realize how you feel Emotional Intelligence = the ability to understand feelings in the self and others, and to use these feelings as informational guides for thinking and action
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