When positive psychology first arrived it distanced itself from humanistic psychology, but now over a decade later we can see that the pioneers of humanistic psychology had a similar vision and that these two disciplines have much to learn from each other.
It is not just children who are bullied. As adults we may face workplace bullying. But unlike children who are more likely to use direct forms of bullying such as name calling and physical violence, bullying in the workplace can be indirect and subtle.
From the moment we wake in the morning to when we go to sleep at night there are moments that we feel we are being truly ourselves. But for most of the day we are putting on a show. We are not true to ourselves.
On Saturday I had the priviledge of talking about my work on posttraumatic growth at the University of East London Alumni evening for their Masters in Applied Positive Psychology. This is a summary of my talk.
Like the tin man, the scarecrow, and the lion who thought that the Wizard had all the answers to their problems, too often we look to others to provide the solutions to our difficulties when the answers are actually within us.
Classic studies in positive psychology show that a grateful attitude can bring us contentment, better relationships and well-being. Imagining our own mortality can help us to appreciate what we have and set new goals.
How happy are you? Many of us know we could be happier but we get ourselves stuck in a cycle of negative thinking. Taking a bit of time out to reflect on the things we are grateful for in our lives can be a powerful boost.