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ERIC Number: EJ867919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Positive Psychology
Peterson, Christopher
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v18 n2 p3-7 2009
Positive psychology is a deliberate correction to the focus of psychology on problems. Positive psychology does not deny the difficulties that people may experience but does suggest that sole attention to disorder leads to an incomplete view of the human condition. Positive psychologists concern themselves with four major topics: (1) positive experiences like happiness, zest, and flow; (2) more enduring psychological traits like talents, interests, and strengths of character; (3) positive relationships between friends, family members, and colleagues; and (4) positive institutions like families, schools, and youth development programs. Positive psychology has productively examined the interactions among these areas of concern, and all come to bear in raising the next generation. In this article, the author discusses the historical context of positive psychology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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