Positive Psychology

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  • This is a recent movement in psychology that builds on the work of the humanistic psychologists and counseling psychologists of the 20th century. Positive psychology focuses on strengths, virtues, and healthy/resilient individuals, as opposed to maladaptive behavior and psychopathology. This movement originated in the work of Martin Seligman, who argued in the 1990s for a strain of psychology that is decidedly humanistic in its focus on the positive dimensions of human behavior and also decidedly empirical and scientific in its attempts to investigate these positive dimensions. The latter feature distinguishes modern positive psychology from humanistic psychology's reliance on qualitative research methods and is in keeping with modern psychology's emphasis on positivistic and empirical research methods. Positive psychology is also influenced by the specialty of ...

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