The Psychology of Everyday Life: Motivation and the Search For Happiness

Positive Psychology

Why is positive psychology a shift from traditional trends in psychology?

Although Seligman has tested his techniques on depressed patients, positive psychology differs from traditional psychotherapy by its emphasis on happiness and wellbeing rather than on the relief of suffering and mental illness. Seligman is not the first to think about the human potential for happiness, however, and he acknowledges the influence of earlier writers such as Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, and Erik Erikson.


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