Term Paper: Field of Positive Psychology

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[. . .] According to Csikszentmihalyi (2014), play activities enable an individual to experiment with repetitive behaviors in non-threatening situations and with minimal consequences for errors (p.134). Third, I will embark on character education based on my strengths through involvement in character development programs at school and/or work. These programs will help in development of my personal psychological strengths since they will provide insights regarding specific activities to carry out in everyday life (Park, 2009, p.46). The use of character development programs is because psychological strengths are developed through enhanced awareness and increased attention (Biswas-Diener, Kashdan & Minhas, 2011, p.106).

In conclusion, positive psychology is a new orientation in the field of psychology that provides a distinctive approach towards positive aspects of human life. To recap, this discipline focuses on human strengths because of its core components of positivity or positive emotions. First, a brief overview of the emergence and development of this discipline has been discussed, especially based on Martin Seligman's initiatives. Secondly, the various classifications of personal psychological strengths have been discussed based on literature in positive psychology. Third, I have identified my personal psychological strengths i.e. hope, transcendence, creativity and open-mindedness, and love of learning through scoring on VIA Inventory of Strengths tools and talking to family and friends about my positive attributes and emotions. Fourth, these personal psychological strengths are beneficial in my future with regards to being optimistic and working towards realizing personal goals in academics and future life. Finally, these strengths will be developed through assimilative activities, play activities, and participation in character development programs.


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