Essay on What Is Positive Psychology?

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What is Positive Psychology?
 “Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organization to thrive.” (Taher, 2015). Positive psychology can be broken down into three topics: the study of positive subjective experiences (emotions such as; happiness, fulfillment, and enjoyment), the study of positive individual traits (virtues, talents, temperament) and lastly the study of positive institutions (families, cultures, schools) all of which allows one to have positive traits and because of this have positive experiences (Lazurus, 2010). The beginning of Positive Psychology
 Dwelling more into what exactly positive psychology is, one must start at the beginning. Martin Seligman, being newly elected as President of the American Psychological Association in 1996, began his presidency by instating Positive Psychology as the theme of his term. Although he became the face of the movement, he himself was not the creator. A psychologist who was also a philosopher and physician by the name of William James, is believed to be the founding father. Having study radical empiricism, he was interested in merging positivistic and phonological practice. He was seen as the fore father because of his interests in the subjectivity of people. It wasn’t until 1954 when the term “positive psychology” was actual coined…

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