How Can Positive Psychology Help a Business

How Can Positive Psychology Help a Business

When people hear that I am a positive psychology consultant, they often ask how businesses can benefit from positive psychology. Additionally, some ask if my services are only for the businesses that are in trouble, performing poorly, and losing money. Of course, tough times make some entrepreneurs and managers more open to new ideas, but such situations also restrict their budget and make it difficult for them to involve consultants, or to invest on innovative solutions.

Nonetheless, effectively all businesses can benefit from positive psychological theories. If they are doing well, they can involve a positive psychology consultant to ensure that they remain competitive, and grow in a sustainable and healthy way. But, if they find it difficult to stay competitive, and their market share is shrinking, they should involve a positive psychology consultant before such investment becomes too difficult to make.

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Applied Positive Psychology

Applied Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology is known as the scientific study of optimal human functioning and focuses on how we flourish both in our personal and professional lives. Positive psychology started (1998) as a movement that tried to shift the perspective of the science of psychology more to the positive, and extend its application to the advancement of human strengths, well-being and flourishing.

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Emotional Blackmail

Emotional Blackmail

Most of us often have to bend a little and make compromises.  However, falling into a pattern of giving in, almost all the time, particularly on the issues that are against our wishes, needs and values, is indeed demeaning and dangerous.  Social influencing techniques becomes emotional blackmail when they are used repeatedly to coerce us into complying at the expense of our own feelings, wishes, well-being and dignity.

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Growth-mindset Vs. Fixed-mindset

Growth-mindset Vs. Fixed-mindset

Our mindset is what makes us optimistic or pessimistic.  It shapes our attitude and it is the ultimate factor which determines our success or failure.  Dr Dweck believes that we basically have either a fixed-mindset which implies that we believe our attributes and abilities are inherently fixed and unchanging.  Or, a growth-mindset that suggests, we believe our talents and abilities can be improved and developed.

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Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

We need to realise the influence, the impact and the importance of our choices.  The job we select, the art we admire, the friend we choose, the programme we watch on TV, the website we visit, and other choices that we make affect the moral climate and the social conditions that consequently support or oppose what’s going on around us. Our choices as consumers, followers, and voters, strongly affect the economic, social, and political environment, and in turn the direction of the events in our society, and consequently, in the whole world.

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Spiritual Health

Spiritual Health

Our spirituality provides us with a sense of who we are, why we are here and what is our purpose for living.  It allows us to gain mental strength, hope, and a sense of belonging.  It is about integration, unity, and harmony with others, with nature, and with the universe.  Generally, spirituality is the opposite of materialism and implies a sense of connection – connection to a reality greater than perceived physical world which may include an emotional experience of religion, respect, and reverence.

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Purpose & Meaning

Purpose & Meaning

 

Purpose and Meaning from the Perspective of a Little Intelligent Daisy.

 

Once upon a time, there was a little wild but very intelligent daisy in a large meadow.  The meadow was beautiful, vast and full of rich varieties of flora and fauna.  The daisy stood on a raised part of the land that allowed her to see almost the entire meadow and beyond.  

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What happens to us, is . . .

What happens to us, is . . .

Everything that happens to us now, is the result of actions (our own and others) taken so far.

Everything that is going to happen to us in the future, is the result of actions taken so far, and the actions that will be taken from now on. 

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Our response to what happened to us affects us more than what actually has happened.

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