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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Research Study

The Scientific of Positive Psychology The Road Out of the “Parking Lot of Life” or “Just Another … Fad”?

  • Open or Close Holowchak MA*

    Department of Philosophy, Rider University, USA

    *Corresponding author: Holowchak MA, Department of Philosophy, Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, USA

Submission: May 04, 2018;Published: October 30, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/PPRS.2018.01.000524

Volume1 Issue4
October 2018


Positive Psychology, a prodigiously influential global movement in psychology today, is defined as “the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive.” It is grounded on the notion that “people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play 1.” Turning away from psychopathology and in-clinic approaches to wellbeing, Positive Psychology seems to offer itself in some sense as an alternative to psychoanalysis and other forms of psychotherapy. Psychoanalysis, for instance, which focuses on clinical assistance over time to persons poorly adjusted to reality, is of limited applicability to most humans, who would likely benefit little or nowise from its methods just because they are relatively well-adjusted to reality. Moreover, Positive Psychology founder, Martin Seligman, says flatly, not onlee does psychoanalysis not deliver, it also is founded on false and outrageous claims.

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