Short Introduction and History
Positive Psychology is relatively new in the field of mental health treatment; the ideal gain some inclination prior to the second world war and died off. Only to be reinvigorated in the early 1950s. Enthusiastically Positive Psychology was brought back into the limelight by Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Erich Fromm. These individuals engage into therapies that happiness and positive events in one’s life should be develop upon to treat mental health and other areas of one’s life. In the year 1998 Mr. Seligman was elected to the American Psychological Association as the president. His primary focus was Positive Psychology as the theme of his presidential term. Mr. Seligman has been considered the father of modern Positive Psychology. The first International Conference with Positive Psychology as a focal point was held in 2002 and the World Congress of Positive Positive Psychology featuring Mr. Seligman hosting discussion on this topic of choice(“Can Positive Psychology Really Help You Lead a Happy Life?,” n.d.).
Positive Psychology in large parts looks at happiness, Flow, Strengths of virtues and character, resilience, and positive thinking. Promising research has shown that through positive counseling techniques an individual can achieve happiness through meaningful and purposeful work when they are challenged and actively engaged in it. It has also reinforces the concept that money can’t buy happiness. However, spending money on a love ones or close friends can bring self fulfilling happiness. Individuals can be taught to an extent on how to become more optimistic, altruis, and grateful(“4 Positive Psychology Exercises To Do With Clients or Students,” 2019).
Positive Psychology Techniques can be applied to a variety of enduring and daily life events. It can not only be used in therapies’ but incorporated into education, self-help (to some extent), workplace resolve, and management of stress(Harvard Health Publishing, n.d.).
A technique that is gaining speed in the field of Positive Psychology is the concept of resilience. This is where clients are taught methods to overcome adversities in their life. This is most commonly known as the mind’s ability to bounce back from a challenging event whether physically or mentally(wikiHow, 2011). Each of us possess this ability to some degree, some individuals are more capable of ‘bouncing back’ than others. This does not mean they are not saddened by the event but rather maintain a higher degree of coping skills. The U.S. Army found the concept of resilience essential to a soldiers life that it partner with the University of Pennsylvania to create a program that can address the before, during, and afters of mobilization to theater operations. To an extent they have also expanded it to military family members to assist with the transition and change in the family dynamics(Selva, 2017).
Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). Positive psychology in practice – Harvard Health. Retrieved May 19, 2019, from Harvard Health website: http://harvard.rarebirdinc.com/mind–and–mood/positive_psychology_in_practice
Selva, J. (2017, November 28). Master Resilience Training (MRT) in the US Army: PowerPoint & Interview. Retrieved May 16, 2019, from https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/master–resilience–training–mrt/
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