POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: IS IT A HELP OR A HINDRANCE?

RESEARCH By Dr Carmelina Lawton-Smith Positive psychology is now a popular topic in coaching, with many publications demonstrating the value of positive interventions (Driver, 2011; Boniwell et al, 2014). The key idea put forward by this approach is that psychology has spent too long studying individuals who are unwell, to try to draw lessons about the human condition. We now need to study those who are thriving and flourishing to define the conditions for optimal functioning. Then we can use that knowledge to create interventions and tools to help others. This focus on optimal functioning demonstrates clear synergy with coaching […]

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