Positive psychology can inspire students
submitted by Sean Locey
August 25, 2006 —
I wanted to inform students of a new type of psychology that has been introduced to the world called positive psychology. It is a different type of psychology that focuses on the positive effects that people are born with instead of what is negative and how to fix it. I am very excited about it because I believe this is how everyone needs to live their lives - that is, looking for what is good inside instead of what is bad.
The book that I read that lead me to discover this was called Beethoven's Factor by Paul Pearsall. The idea behind it is posed in the question, "How was Beethoven able to compose great symphonies while being completely deaf?"
In the cause and effect (which some may argue is the root of psychology), it states that people can either thrive or they can languish in their lives. It goes on to tell amazing stories of people dealing with the Holocaust, cancer, death, and other diseases, yet are still able to pull adequate meaning out of their lives.
I think that in order to succeed, everyone needs to pull meaning out of their lives to get to where they are going.
Positive psychology can help you do this and become a more resilient person in your life if you look into it.
Sean Locey former SVSU student