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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 Should Be More Open to the Negative

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Designing Positive Psychology

Jennifer L. Hames

Thomas E. Joiner

Oxford University Press

Positive psychology researchers and psychopathology researchers have made important contributions to the study of human flourishing and human suffering, respectively. However, there is reason to believe that both positive psychology and experimental psychopathology boast missions that are too narrowly defined and executed. This chapter reviews the implications of these narrowly defined missions and takes stock of current research that is expanding these boundaries by attending to both the positive and the negative. It argues that in order to create a more unified field of psychology, we can no longer shut our eyes to that which lies on the other side of our work. Just as psychopathology researchers cannot shut their eyes to the starry night of the positive that awaits them when they return from plumbing the depths of psychopathology, so, too, positive psychology researchers cannot inflexibly insist that only the positive be studied and thus shut their eyes to the negative.

Keywords:   positive psychology, psychopathology, psychological reserch, experimental psychopathology, research

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