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Positive Psychology

You have probably heard of the term 'positive psychology' in the media. But what is it ? What does it mean ?
Positive psychology is the science of the positive aspects of human life, such as happiness, well-being and helping people to reach their full potential.
This is what we use in Clinical Hypnotherapy.

If you were to say to your friends that you were going to see a psychologist, what is the most likely response that you would get?
'What's wrong with you?'.

How likely are you to hear something along the lines of:

'Great! Are you planning to concentrate on self-improvement?'.

Fortunately Clinical Hypnotherapy has a more positive reputation, and for good reason.

In the past Psychology has emphasised the shortcomings of individuals as compared with their potentials.
Positive Psychology is just psychology, adopting the same scientific method.
The difference is that it studies different (and often far more interesting) topics and asks slightly different questions, such as; 'what works?' rather than 'what doesn't work?' or 'what is right with this person?' rather than 'what is wrong?'

Positive Psychology was summarised by its founder, Martin Seligman, as; The 'scientific study of optimal human functioning which aims to discover and promote the factors that allow individuals and communities to thrive'.