What is positive psychology?
Positive psychology is the part of psychology that looks at personal well-being, seen as a point of reference for quality of life. Traditional psychology generally focuses on dysfunction and problems, whereas positive psychology focuses on how to make a person’s life happier by looking at what gives life meaning and purpose.
Positive psychology also includes the improvement of the individual's personal psychological skills with the aim of improving the quality of his life. Positive psychology focuses on helping people to be happier, to achieve more success in their private and professional lives and to reach their fullest potential.
Main purposes and arguments of positive psychology
The main objective of positive psychology is to make the life of the individual more productive and satisfying, by strengthening their own resources that allow them to help them grow. Everything lies in identifying the balance between perceived personal abilities and the contexts in which they develop, thus avoiding the emergence of situations of anxiety or boredom in the short-term, and of unsatisfactory or meaningless lives in the long-term.
In the real world, positive psychology is applied in several fields, including education, therapy, personal initiative, stress management and problems at work. Thanks to the strategies and methods of positive psychology, teachers, therapists and employers can put into practice motivational techniques to stimulate people to discover and develop their strengths. The main themes in positive psychology are happiness, optimism, awareness, hope, strengths and positive thinking.
Generally, positive psychology will work in conjunction with clinical psychology.