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date: 23 May 2019

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The term “positive psychology” was first used in 1954 by Abraham Maslow, who complained that psychology as then practiced said “little about [man’s] potentialities, his virtues, his achievable aspirations, or his full psychological height.” In the decades, since, this has changed. Pick up a magazine or a scholarly psychology journal and, chances are, you will read about the good work of a positive psychologist. Through the use of sound methods, positive psychologists answer hard questions about the best in people. This book serves as repository of answers to those tough questions. In this chapter, we argue that the work of positive psychology scholars is good for psychology, as a discipline, and for society. We also discuss what needs to be done to strengthen the science and practice of positive psychology. The promise of this new brand of positive psychology was and remains clear. By using the same techniques and tools that help us explain weakness and prevent or treat illness, we could enhance our understanding of strengths and promote well-being.

Keywords: positive psychology, social science, strengthswell-being, methodology

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