Positive Psychology : What Drives And Motivates Us As Human Beings

2232 Words Oct 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Positive psychology is a branch of psychology intended to complement and enhance the other theories of psychology in discovering what drives and motivates us as human beings. It is an evidence-based perspective that focuses on the strengths of an individual, therefore making it a useful model for social workers, as their practice should be a strengths-based approach. Positive psychology is a relatively new theory, which emerged as a reaction to the continual focus of research on the negative aspects of behavior. Rather than focus on the latter, positive psychology attempts to examine how success, attainment, and fulfillment can achieve the goal of happiness. Despite historical references to concepts of positive psychology, it was not termed as such until its use by Martin E. P. Seligman, in his Presidential Address to the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention on August 21, 1999 (Joseph & Linley, 2008), and who is often described as the forefather of positive psychology.
The aim of positive psychology is to focus on using personal strengths to enhance well-being and optimal functioning to enable us to thrive as human beings. Metaanalyses carried out by Lyubomirsky, King, & Diener (2005) highlighted the importance of well-being by recognizing the benefits on everyday life, such as more satisfying and longer marriages, lower absenteeism at work, better physical and mental health, more self-confidence, and better coping strategies. Seligman initially suggested…

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