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Designing Positive PsychologyTaking Stock and Moving Forward$
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Kennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, and Michael F. Steger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373585

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.001.0001

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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology

Where Did It Come from, Where Is It Going?

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Positive Psychology
Source:
Designing Positive Psychology
Author(s):

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Jeanne Nakamura

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.003.0001

This chapter discusses the development of positive psychology, tracing its growth from 1999 to 2009. It then speculates on the future of positive psychology. In the United States, positive psychology's most salient reference point in applied psychology has been clinical; as a result, the field has been fastest to respond to the demand for interventions targeted at the direct increase of individual well-being, for example, through coaching and personal exercises. In the positive psychology community as a whole, it seems clear that the future of applied work will encompass both these interventions at the individual level and the institutional and aggregate level.

Keywords:   positive psychology, applied psychology, well-being, individual level, institutional level, aggregate level

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