Since then, the field has grown significantly and has come to be known as Positive Psychology. It parallels the rise of Appreciative Inquiry and the study of Flow, both of which also advise us to study healthy people and groups and find out what makes them healthy rather than only studying disease and how to fix it. Psychology's obsessive focus with what is wrong, along with its stigmatizing disease-based model of patients, are some of the reasons I left the mainstream mental health field to start Emergent Associates. The rise of Positive Psychology is a ray of hope in helping to create more balance in that field.
Psychology certainly should continue delving into the origins of states such as depression and anxiety. But they should simultaneously be applying knowledge gained from those who are models of the states toward which they hope to help their clients move.
Learn more in these Positive Psychology Resources.