Online Positive Psychology
Positive psychology has been described in many ways and with many words, but the commonly accepted definition of the field is this:
“Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living.” (Peterson, 2008)
To push this brief description a bit further, positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behaviour with a focus on strengths instead of weakness, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to “normal” (Peterson, 2008).
- The number one goal of Positive Psychotherapy or Coaching in general is to improve the client’s life, and positive psychology coaching is no different.
- Increase the client’s experience of positive emotions.
- Help clients identify and develop their strengths and unique talents.
- Enhance the client’s goal-setting and goal-striving abilities.
- Build a sense of hope into the client’s perspective.
- Cultivate the client’s sense of happiness and well-being.
- Nurture a sense of gratitude in the client.
- Help the client build and maintain healthy, positive relationships with others.
- Encourage the client to maintain an optimistic outlook.
Traditional Psychology usually emphasises the negatives of people as compared with their positive potentials. This is now being known as Negative Psychology.
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Positive Psychology focuses on the positive potential that a person possesses. It is not targeted at particular issues or problems. It allows the person to focus on the good things they have or had in the past. These are built on to make life worth living. Then from that clients can begin to let go of the negativity without painful therapy and reliving their crap.
It helps the client learn to savour every positive, emotion, feeling or moment they have had and hold onto that good feeling all the time.
The process is designed to build the following:
Thriving or Flourishing:
Refers to the meeting of needs, especially finding a life purpose and realising one’s full potential.
Refers to a combination of thriving and life satisfaction, success, health/vitality, having pleasant emotions, self-efficacy and developing resilience.
Refers to a set of life skills that enable people to deal effectively with adversity (Padesky & Mooney, 2012).
Online Positive Psychology Coaching
Positive Psychology Coaching is an approach to coaching. All the normal coaching practices are still there - goal setting, time tables and agendas, effective questioning and listening and coachee responsibility. But the interventions should be based on solid Positive Psychology to enhance positive emotions, motivation, develop strengths, confidence, resilience and happiness.
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Compare to traditional Psychotherapy
An Introduction to the PERMA Model
The PERMA model is a widely recognised and influential model in positive psychology. I use it during Online Positive Psychology, Pyschotherapy and Coaching.
P – Positive Emotions: Even though seeking positive emotions alone is not a very effective way to boost your well-being, experiencing positive emotion is still an important factor. Part of well-being is enjoying yourself in the moment, i.e., experiencing positive emotions.
E – Engagement: Having a sense of engagement, in which we may lose track of time and become completely absorbed in something we enjoy and excel at, is an important piece of well-being. It’s hard to have a developed sense of well-being if you are not truly engaged in anything you do.
R – (Positive) Relationships: Humans are social creatures, and we rely on connections with others to truly flourish. Having deep, meaningful relationships with others is vital to our well-being.
M – Meaning: Even someone who is deliriously happy most of the time may not have a developed sense of well-being if they do not find meaning in their life. When we dedicate ourselves to a cause or recognize something bigger than ourselves, we experience a sense of meaning that there is simply no replacement for.
A – Accomplishment/Achievement: We all thrive when we are succeeding, achieving our goals, and bettering ourselves. Without a drive to accomplish and achieve, we are missing one of the puzzle pieces of authentic well-being (Seligman, 2011).