ERIC Number: EJ825521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
A Critique of Positive Psychology--Or "The New Science of Happiness"
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v42 n3-4 p591-608 Aug-Nov 2008
This paper argues that the new science of positive psychology is founded on a whole series of fallacious arguments; these involve circular reasoning, tautology, failure to clearly define or properly apply terms, the identification of causal relations where none exist, and unjustified generalisation. Instead of demonstrating that positive attitudes explain achievement, success, well-being and happiness, positive psychology merely associates mental health with a particular personality type: a cheerful, outgoing, goal-driven, status-seeking extravert.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Psychology, Identification (Psychology), Criticism, Attribution Theory, Generalization, Mental Health, Psychological Patterns, Social Status, Goal Orientation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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