FOLLOW Concerns with positive psychology There are worries about its replicability and unreliable self-reports. Promoting material achievement as part of happiness can make well-being seem out of reach. Positive psychology gives the impression you can be happy by thinking the right thoughts. At its core, positive psychology promotes the idea that we can achieve well-being by our own efforts, not considering physical illness and undeserved tragedy. Positive psychology has become a commodity and has been cheapened by the thousands of coaches, consultants, and therapists who benefit from using wild claims for their lucrative products.
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FOLLOW True happiness isn't about being happy all the time
Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing. It argues that psychologists should not only investigate mental illness but also what makes life worth living.
Psychological flexibility Being open to emotional experiences and being able to tolerate discomfort can allow us to move towards a more meaningful existence.
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True happiness It isn’t about being happy all the time.
Striving for a happy life is one thing, but striving to be happy all the time is unrealistic.
The 2 philosophical paths to happiness Hedonistic: in order to live a happy life we must maximize pleasure and avoid pain. This view is often short-lived. Eudaimonic approach: it takes the long view and argues that we should live authentically and for the greater good. We should pursue meaning and potential through kindness, justice, honesty, and courage. FOLLOW The plasticity of the brain
Neuroscience research demonstrates the power of positive psychology:
Studies showed that repetitive negative thinking causes one pattern of brain activity, while positive thoughts can produce another. Practices such as gratitude, mindfulness, and physical activity can change certain pathways within the brain. Medication can also stimulate or suppress brain activity. Martin Seligman found a combined treatment plan of medication and therapy can help patients recover sooner. Positive psychology strategies
Positive psychology treatments focus on four fundamental areas:
Strengths: Finding one's inner strength and resilience. Quality of life: Goals and achievements should be underpinned by meaning and purpose. Hope: Ensuring a positive attitude when faced with life's trials and knowing that they have the support to cope. Wellbeing: A sense of environmental mastery, full engagement with the world, and personal satisfaction. FOLLOW Positive Psychology's New Approach Due to its fleeting and fickle nature, our levels of happiness cannot be gauged, measured or rated accurately. While earlier psychology focused on the bad apples,... Four Types of Well-Being
To address the disconnect between happiness and deeper levels of satisfaction, researches proposed a model that characterizes people as falling into one of four well-being types.
Optimizing one’s positive emotions, and denying the reality of their negative experiences. Feeling unhappy seeing the complexity of the world around them, and neglecting the positive aspects. Having a generally negative view of themselves and the world. Having a generally positive and empathetic view of the world. The Real Meaning Of Happiness Being happy means more than feeling good. True happiness comes from handling challenging and adverse situations, while collaborating and building lifelong bonds with the people in our lives.
A collective thinking process, where the good of all is considered leads to a level of happiness that cannot be attained by being selfish or self-concerned.
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