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Chapter 13: Positive Psychology
Positive psychology was placed at the forefront of the APA agenda in 1998, by its newly appointed president, Martin Seligman. The underlying focus was to shift the direction of psychology to encompass not only pathology and illness, but well-being, happiness, personal strengths, wisdom, creativity as well. Ultimately, positive psychology aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive (Seligman, 1998).