Positive Psychology

I’ve noticed a steadily increasing amount of practitioners stating that they use Positive Psychology in there practice and I find it intriguing for a number of questions…

1) Is there somewhere that the bang up to date articles can be obtained cheaply rather than risking upwards of twenty quid for an article which may only contain a single sentence of worth? Other than from PsychArticles for example, or are practitioners finding a cheaper way of accessing university resources?

2) The cheaper option on the net reflecting Positive Psychology seems to be heavily based on tasking (good ones that I will be using for process) so is stating the use of Positive psychology a kind of back door to easier cultural acceptance of what "we" do?

3) Positive Psychology is based on nominalisations – happiness, optimism, resilience etc so is it better just to market yourself that you do use it while knowing you do not to avoid the danger of believing the categories exist? I think what I am basically saying here is if I build a website is it better to weave poetic license?

4) Do you think it is a good idea to push for "happiness" over "satisfaction". Is constant happiness a western ideal? The reason I ask this is because of the minds amazing ability to habituate returning to normal after the elated state. Can you be happy constantly striving for happiness and missing nuggets of other enjoyable states from the journey? Granted the "hedonic treadmill" is acknowledged but has it (+ve Psych) found balance? Is Bandler on the hedonic treadmill? Has NLP found balance?

5) Does Positive Psychology have an underlying presupposition that unpleasant experiences are negative? I am wondering if the term itself suggests that. I feel fluffy here but it seems to have swung from focusing on what is wrong with us to focusing on what is right with us (a good thing) but does that leave a kind of presupposition that something like anxiety is to be avoided/ignored etc while you strive for happiness? Unpleasantness can be a useful signal to allow a person to learn and develop?

6) Is positive Psychology essentially based on beliefs? I know it started with beliefs from the reformulated learned helplessness theory – optimism/pessimism. The reason I ask that is because if you can find ways to alter state you don’t need any beliefs other than you can learn resourcefully and do something different?

7) Why are practitioners even entertaining academia? Indeed why are the hypnotherapists entertaining it as well? Only reason I ask is because general consensus from stuff I have posted is that its utter bollocks… Or have I just answered question two?

Ps. No doubt I cast lashings of flotsam and jetsom in there but I’m too lazy to fish it out myself :)

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