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Positive psychology
Carr, Alan
Clinical Psychology has traditionally focused on psychological deficits and disability. It has rarely privileged clients’ resilience and resourcefulness. The critical psychology tradition in the UK has highlighted the shortcomings of this approach (Johnstone, 2000; Newnes, Holmes, & Dunn, 1999, 2001). The new positive psychology movement aims to develop a knowledge base focusing on human strengths to complement deficit based approaches (Snyder & Lopez, 2002). This message of positive psychology is an optimistic one. The results of scientific research point to three reliable ways to find happiness (Carr, 2004). 1. Cultivate relationships which involve deep attachment and commitment. 2. Involve yourself in absorbing work and leisure activities in which you exercise your strengths, talents and interests. 3. Cultivate an optimistic, future-oriented perspective on life in which you expect the best and value the future more than the present.
Keyword(s): Positive psychology
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): British Psychological Society. Division of Clinical Psychology
First Indexed: 2013-12-05 05:16:07 Last Updated: 2017-04-25 09:59:15