Positive Psychology is a relatively new sub-field of psychology that deals with the study and nurturing of human happiness and positivity. In contrast to traditional psychology, which is highly pathological and focuses, for the most part, on studying and curing illness, the field of Positive
Psychologylooks in another direction; it seeks to study the question of what makes people happy, and how that happinesscan be increased. (Seligman, 2004) This is done with an eye toward creating practical interventions, for use in practices and elsewhere.
Rather than replace or augment traditional psychology, Positive Psychologyaims to be a separate but parallel school of thought to illness-based treatments. While it's important to acknowledge show more content
Flow is a state of total focus and absorption, where time and outside concerns fade to the background and one is totally 'dialed in' on the activity.
I thought quite a bit about how, precisely, to answer the question of why I took a course on
Positive Psychology. Of course, psychology is an intellectual interest for me, and I plan to go into the field for a career, but ultimately the reason that I took this particular course rather than any of the other ones the Social Sciences department has on offer is much simpler and more personal than that: I'm mentally ill. I have depression, and PTSD, and probably a whole host of other nasty undiagnosed things they don't have acronyms for yet, and I thought this course might provide me with some interesting new tools to help combat that.
I'll freely admit that I'm somewhat skeptical of some of the ideas that Positive Psychology puts forth. Proponents understandably insist that there's a wide gap between Positive Psychology and standard self-help willpower above all rhetoric, but I can't help but see a few similarities. Maybe
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