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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 243
Professor
Frederick Brown
Semester
Fall

Description
9/10/12 Class 5 Basic Theoretical ideas or assumptions of positive psychology B. The Three Theoretical Pillars 1. Positive Emotions – Follow details - Optimism (hope) future looking, expecting positive - Humor - Fully functioning person (Rogers) 2. Positive Traits – Details below 3. Positive Institutions – Political democracy – Strong families – Free inquiry “Institutions are invariably a mix of the good and the bad... My point is simply that some institutions can enable certain outcomes better than other institutions.” (Peterson, 2007) C. Positive Traits 1. The six core virtues. What is virtue? – Originally meant “manliness” – Unwilling to withdraw from anything difficult, dangerous or painful because it is worthwhile – Current use is “worthwhile” or valuable The virtuous person has valuable traits that can pass hard tests, challenges, or temptations in difficult situations and not give in. Examples of virtue: – Remaining trustworth
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