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Lecture 4

HLTHAGE 2G03 Lecture 4: Positive Psychology and the New Self
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Health, Aging and Society
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HLTHAGE 2G03
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Mat Savelli

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Positive Psychology and the New Self Monday, January 29, 2018 6:56 PM Mental Health and Society C01 Dr. Mat Savelli Into the 21stC -If 20thC was "the century of the psy -ences," 21stC marks culmination of the growth of psy -From relief of negative states and deficiencies to enhancement Usually in positive psychology, but also how people make use of pharmaceutical regimens to improve life quality (e.g. pemptive use instead of prescribed use) -Increasingly, daily discipline and governance over psychological life comes from the self, rather than experts Therefore, are we really talking about medicalization? We imagine ourselves as psychological beings with psychological needs and we carry out practices that are all about that psychological self A transfer of power Emergence of Positive Psychology -1990s, Seligman's"epiphany in the garden" In the garden with his daughter, she asks why he's so grumpy; in that moment, he realized he WAS a grump, where his thinking was negative and pessimistic . Wanted a different kind of future for his daughter. He said that as a discipline, we should shift away from obsession with negative/harmful states/problems -As new head of APA, promised to revolutionize psychology by turning away from "the negative" to study the "universal science of happiness" Focus on promoting well-being instead of focus on relieving distress 'Universal' suggests that happiness crossing culture, time, is inherent to the human being. Wanted to say that it is something that is objective, measurable. As a discipline, let's figure out what makes humans as a species happy and push people in that direction -Csikszentmihayli's own revelation and flow Flow: that moment of activity where time stops and the outside world ceases to exist for you; living in the moment; being so enthralled in the activity that it'shuman being. Wanted to say that it is something that is objective, measurable. As a discipline, let's figure out what makes humans as a species happy and push people in that direction -Csikszentmihayli's own revelation and flow Flow: that moment of activity where time stops and the outside world ceases to exist for you; living in the moment; being so enthralled in the activity that it's the only thing you're focusing on One of the keys of happiness Wanted to know how people managed to find happiness even in the worst situations -PP emerges as the study of positive experience, human strengths, virtues Key Tenets -At root: positivity is good for you, negativity is bad -Emotions like optimism can be learned, irrespective of life conditions. Happiness the result of cognitive outlook It's possible to be happy just b/c you learned to be happy and have positive outlook on life Happiness starts with the individual Happiness is a way of thinking/a framework -Inverts Freudian theory that thoughts driven by underlying emotions (themselves products of life experienc
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