Traumatic Consequences of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994

Our project aims to listen to the ways in which individual Rwandans interpret their own lives and to examine posttraumatic growth in the context of post-genocide Rwanda.

Looking to the Future of Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is at a crossroads whether it is a new separate discipline or a force for transformation and integration

Posttraumatic Growth in Northern Ireland

Little is known about post traumatic growth in conflict situations

Carl Rogers' Person-Centered Approach

Is non-directive therapy the same as client-centered therapy?

Steps to a Long and Healthy Life

When it comes to aging well, careful maintenance is everything.

Consumer Culture And Well-Being

Research shows that consumerist goals and values are damaging to well-being. The alternative is to cultivate intrinsic aspirations.

Humanistic And Positive Psychology

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.

Does Your Boss Suffer From Hubris Syndrome?

We need to be able to help leaders in organizations stay grounded, realisitc and avoid the trap of hubris.

Are You Bullied at Work?

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.

The Benefit of Solitude

Being on your own is not great, but being with others can be worse. Enjoy and make the most of solitude.

What Does Good Leadership Look Like?

Poor leadership has a huge cost in well-being, productivity and morale. Knowing what to look for in a good leader and how to quickly spot a poor leader is a key skill of management.

What is Non-Directive Therapy?

Non-directive can be a confusing term. What does it mean to be a non-directive therapist?

Is It Better To Love Or Be Loved?

Who holds the power in your relationship? An unequal balance of power in relationships fosters inauthenticity

What Are the 3 Things That Authentic People Do?

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.

What Is the Good Life?

The good life is the freedom to choose our direction in life and for that direction to be authentically ours.

Lessons from Adversity

Learning to approach adversity for the lessons it can provide helps us to move forward toward more meaningful lives

What Doesn't Kill Us

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.

Recognize your Conditions of Worth

If we can free ourselves from the conditions of worth we have introjected as children we can more readily learn to be ourselves.

Posttraumatic Growth

Posttraumatic growth research shows that often people report positive benefits from their struggles with adversity. We cannot avoid adversity, but we can learn to subvert suffering.

What Can We Learn From the Wizard of Oz?

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.

One Lesson from the Life of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela showed us that the posttraumatic growth of an individual may benefit an entire nation

The Ebenezer Scrooge Effect

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.

Can You Take Criticism?

Even well intentioned advice is not easy to hear when we haven't asked for it. All we hear is the implied criticism.

How Happy Are You?

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.

Patients or Clients?

Patients or clients? Does it make a difference what word psychotherapists choose to use?

Young Carers

For young people who take on caring responsibilities life can be difficult and stressful. At the same time it can also be rewarding. New research recognises that the experience of young carers can be mix of the positive and the negative.

The Secret to a Contented Life

Feeling good about ourselves is important to a contented life. But the secret to feeling good about ourselves is unconditional self-acceptance.

Debriefing following trauma

Debriefing is a controversial topic in trauma studies. But whatever the facts about debriefing it is not a form of counselling.

The Paradox of Trauma

Intrusive thoughts following trauma may not always be pathological but the engine for posttraumatic growth if people can harness their repetitive thoughts in a deliberate and purposeful way.

To Thine Own Self Be True

Authenticity means knowing who you are, listening to your inner voice and being free to choose your own path in life

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