What three ideas do Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi (Positive Psychology: an introduction) present in contrast to ‘psychology as pathology’? What are the implications of their ideas for social policy?
Positive psychology is considered as the study of things that make life worth, valuable and facilitate human growth and development. Positive function has been linked to human flourish and optimal functioning. Considerably, maintaining a high level of social well-being enables people to build healthy associations with others. Through having supportive social connections, it’s possible to develop assertive skills and get comfortable with who one is in social situations. Therefore, positive psychology has been linked to positive influences and events in life. Some of the positive experiences include joy, happiness, love and inspiration while the positive traits and states like compassion, resilience and gratitude.
Compton, W. C. (2005). Introduction to Positive Psychology. Thomson Wadsworth.