Why positive psychology is necessary

Am Psychol. 2001 Mar;56(3):216-7.


The authors provide a definition of positive psychology and suggest that psychologists should try to cultivate a more appreciative perspective on human nature. Examples are given of a negative bias that seems to pervade much of theoretical psychology, which may limit psychologists' understanding of typical and successful human functioning. Finally, a preview of the articles in the special section is given.

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Happiness
  • Humans
  • Psychology*