Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology

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The history of positive psychology and the concepts of Pleasure.

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  • Hey Janet, I recently heard about a new area of study in psychology, which is positive psychology, have you heard of it and if so, do you know about its historical background or origin.
  • Hey Shem, can you believe I just did some research on positive PSYC. It got its name and full recognition because of Martin Seligman. Although, he was not the first to speak/believe in positive PSYC. Persons like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, all showed concerned with morality and virtue. They basically believed in the good life (UWIOC, 2018)
  • Shem, can you believe it was spoken of in the past, especially by Williams James as he saw the importance of using positivistic methodology in science (Froh, 2004). That new 'thought movement' was seen not only by James but also by Norman Peale's, these men had the power to think positively (UWIOC,2018)
  • Wait! so Janet, are you telling me that positive PSYC is not as new as I think it is and did not come about just in 1998?
  • Exactly! It's not entirely new and did surface long before but was explained in more detail in 1998. if that makes sense, lol.  
  • Wow! This is so interesting and before I forget, what is the definition of positive PSYC.
  • Shem, before I tell you its meaning, I just wanted to mention the introduction of humanistic psychology which was introduced by Maslow which focused on the health and creativity of individuals, all spelling out positive psychology.  Now Shem Positive psychology is the scientific study of what is going right in one's life from birth all the way to death (UWIOC, 2018) 
  • Shem can I tell you something facinating?
  • Of course, you can Janet, I would love to hear and learn more.
  •  Well, there are different theories of positive psychology. First, we will look at Broaden-and-build this theory suggests that positive emotions can expand the number of possible reactions one has to choose from. Therefore the more positive emotions that are expressed the more goals we are able to accomplish (Lopez, 2009).
  • There is also the need/goal theory which basically mean that if we are able to harbor less stress we will be able to achieve more. Then the process/activity theory simply explains that whenever we take part in certain activities we feel pleasure and experience happiness (Lopez, 2009) 
  • This is so interesting. I have learned so much and this has helped me understand that once I am less stress and happier I can make progress in my life.
  • References Froh, J. J. (2004). The History of positive Psychology Truth be told. Retrieved from: https://scottbarrykaufman. com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Froh-2004.pdf Lopez, S. J. (2009) Paragons.  UWIOC (2018) PSYC 3060 Unit 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology. Assumptions and Principles of positive psychology. Retrieved From: https://2018.tle .courses.open.uwi.edu/pluginfile.php/24208/mod_ resource/content/3/PSYC%203060%20Unit%201.pdf
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