I worked as the International Content and Relations Manager at PositivePsychologyProgram.com during 2014 and 2015. Additionally, I have been writing articles and contributing short pieces to the websites since 2014.
12 Positive Psychology Interventions + 3 Ways To Find The One You Need
Published in Positive Psychology Programme 15/02/2017.
Positive Psychological Interventions (PPIs) are theoretically-grounded and empirically-validated instructions, activities, and recommendations that are designed to enhance wellbeing (Lomas, Hefferon & Ivtzan, 2014). Moreover, PPIs focus on using positive emotions and strengths to achieve and/or boost wellbeing. Numerous research projects have shown that concentration on positive characters and strengths are linked to health benefits and the wellbeing of people in various domains of their lives (Kobau, et al., 2011).
Positive Aging: 10 Positive Solutions to An Age Old Problem
Published in Positive Psychology Programme 20/12/2016.
Life expectancy has improved considerably during the past couple of decades, and an increasing amount of people are looking forward to twenty or more years of life after retirement. But the growing proportion of the elderly to the younger population provides both challenges and opportunities for society (Merriam & Kee, 2014).
Capitalization and Active Constructive Communication: The Power of Sharing Good News.
Published in Positive Psychology Programme 07/11/2016.
People who capitalise on positive stories and respond actively and constructively to the positive events of others, build love and better relationships, and experience greater happiness.
Meliorism: What is the Intention of your Intervention?
Published in Positive Psychology Programme 14/08/2016.
Meliorism is a derivative of Latin word ‘melior’ meaning better, plus ‘ism’ which is a noun suffix indicating a doctrine or belief. Merriam Webster dictionary defines Meliorism as: “the belief that the world tends to improve, and that humans can aid its betterment” perhaps by improving peoples’ general well-being (health and living conditions). In philosophy, Meliorism is an ontological concept which drives the human ability to improve the world through alteration, and thus produce outcomes that are considered better than the original phenomenon.
Problem Solving: Making the Choice to Flourish
Published in Positive Psychology Programme 31/07/2016.
Our brain is a powerful machine, it will direct its incredible energy and effort toward wherever we focus our attention. Our brain gets emotional and motivational cues from the sensory events and responds accordingly depending on what we choose to engage in (Pourtois & Vuilleumier, 2013). In other words, our brain will deploy our resources to achieve what we choose to obtain, either moving from one problem to another, or towards flourishing and leaving our problems behind.
Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life.
Book Review, Published in Positive Psychology Programme 07/11/2015.
As the authors (Itai Ivtzan, Time Lomas, Kate Hefferon, and Piers Worth) are all experienced educators and veterans of their field, this book is in fact, an informative textbook. Nonetheless, as it is well written and carefully designed, it is a charming read, and an invaluable source of information for professionals and the enthusiasts alike.
What is Applied Positive Psychology?
Published in Positive Psychology Programme 17/09/2015.
The purpose of applied sciences or applied research is usually centered on answering specific questions with clear applications. But basic research is motivated by our interest in expanding our knowledge in general, or the curiosity to learn new facts about the Universe. This type of research may not be directly applicable to our daily lives, but it expands our understanding of the world.
Mind the Mindset of Your Strengths-based Interventions.
Published in Positive Psychology Programme 05/03/2015.
Positive psychology practitioners regularly use strengths-based interventions by identifying and developing their clients’ personal strengths to help them become more effective and more successful. Strength-based interventions work on the premise that people have abilities and internal resources that can be utilised to achieve remarkable outcomes, when understood and applied correctly.
Growth-Mindset Vs. Fixed-Mindset
Published in Positive Psychology Programme 08/02/2015.
Our mindset is our perceptions or our beliefs about our abilities and qualities such as; our intelligence, creativity or musicality. Dr. Carol Dweck (2006) who is a leading authority in motivation and personality has discovered that our mindset is not a trivial oddity of our character, it creates our entire perception of attainable opportunities.
Emotional Blackmail: Book Review, Summary and Examples
Book Review, Published in Positive Psychology Programme 26/12/2014.
The word blackmail sounds scary and sinister. But it’s usually distant, in the news or movies. A criminal blackmailer might threaten to use their knowledge about a person’s past to ruin her reputation, or ask to be paid in cash to hide a secret. Emotional Blackmail, on the other hand, sounds manipulative and deceptive, but it is usually very close. Because, unfortunately, it is a partner, a parent, one of our children, a sibling, a friend or a colleague who turns out to be the emotional blackmailer.
Positive Psychology and the Body: Review + Summary
Book Review, Published in Positive Psychology Programme 27/11/2014.
The book aims to provide an overview of the huge quantity of scientific research into the relationship between our bodies and experiences of momentary pleasure or long-term feelings of meaning and self-actualisation. The book is a critical reflection of the fact that the role of the body has been mostly overlooked in positive psychology.
Applied Positive Psychology – Book Review + Summary
Book Review, Published in Positive Psychology Programme 11/11/2014.
Positive Psychology is a young and rapidly evolving branch of psychology that has captured lots of interest, attention and (not surprisingly) criticism. The authors were encouraged by the interest shown by the public and professionals and decided to clarify some of the grey areas of PP that have been the source of some of the previous criticisms or confusions. First they defined PP as “the science and practice of improving well-being”. So, the book is designed to provide a comprehensive array of tools that can be used to promote well-being..