What is Positive Psychology?


Positive Psychology is an innovation within the field of Psychology. One of the definitions of Positive Psychology is that is it “the scientific study of optimal human functioning” coined by Ken Sheldon, Barbara Frederickson, Kevin Rathunde, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and Jon Haidt in 1999...Keep reading

Many societies nowadays define themselves on the basis of the concept of “state of wellbeing”. Also organizations and institutions work towards a goal of integral wellbeing, including the WHO, that defines health as:

“A state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, not only the absence of illness and incapacity, but a positive state that concerns the individual in the context of his or her life” (World Health Organization, WHO, 1946).

One of the most representative personalities in the field of Positive Psychology is Martin Seligman, who has directed his efforts to the research of strengths at a global level through the University of Pennsylvania. Other important authors are Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Christopher Peterson, Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, Rosa Parks and Alex Linley.



In this section we provide summaries of the different theories and models that constitute the theoretic body of Positive Psychology and make up the framework for practical applications of this knowledge...Keep reading

Apart from the author and the basic ideas, you will find further information about each theory and model through links to other sites or full articles that have been published and that are available online.