History of Positive Psychology

History of Positive Psychology
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  • History and Origins of Positive Psychology
  • By: Marci Guevara
  • I  invited a friend to assist me in explaining the history of Positive Psychology.  Everyone, say hello to Nick!
  • Thank you for inviting me. I am happy you asked me to help you. 
  • Sure! According to Peterson 2006, Positive PSychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and all stops in-between
  • Can you start by telling them what is Positive Psychology?
  • Yes, thank you for the meaning. Lets now move over to the board to explain the facinating history of Positive Psychology.
  • Ok. Did you know that Positive Psychology has a very short history with a very long past?
  • Martin E. P. Seligman, in his 1998 APA Presidential Address, is said to have introduced positive psychology to the American Psychological Association. However, overwhelming evidence suggests that the principal components of positive psychology date back to the time of Plato and Aristotole (Froh, 2004)
  • 480-323 BC Spcrates (470-399 BC), Plato (circa 428-348 BC) , Aristotle (384-322 BC) and others were concerned with normality and virtue and what it means to have a good life.
  • Lets gothis way as we continue to expalin...
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