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Positive Psychology

By | October 2010
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Positive Psychology-A Current perspective

Author

Krishan Kumar

Dr. Rajiv Dogra

Corresponding Address

Krishan Kumar, M. Sc, M. Phil (M& SP), PhD (Pur)
Clinical Psychology,
Computational Neuroscience
National Brain Research Centre, Manesar
Email- keshusony@rediffmail.com
Ph.no. 9999516319

Dr. Rajiv Dogra
Associte Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology
Post Graduate College and Medical Sciences, Rohtak
Email- Rajeevdogra@rediffmail.com

What is positive psychology?
Positive psychology (pp) is the scientific study of optimal human functioning. It alms to discover and promote the factor that allow individuals and communities to thrive. The new century challenges psychology to shift more of its intellectual energy to the study of the positive aspect of human existence and experience. A science of positive subjective experience, of positive subjective experience, of positive individual traits and of positive intuition promises to improve the quality of life and also to prevent the various pathologies that arise when life is barren and meaningless (Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi, 2000) At this juncture of material prosperity the social and behavioral sciences can play an enormously important role. They can articulate a vision of the good life that is empirically sound while being understandable and attractive. Psychology should be able to help document what kind of families result in children who flourish, what work settings support the greatest satisfaction among worker and how are lives can be most worth living.

Psychological articles examining negative states outnumber those examining positive states by a ratio of 17 to 1 (Myers & Diener, 1995). Thus the objectives of positive psychology is to begin to catalyze a change in the focus of psychology from preoccupation only with expecting the worst things in life to call for massive research on human strength and virtue and to ask practitioners to recognize that much of work they...
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