Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Positive Psychology and the Disease Model

Dr. Martin Seligman
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by Donnies Bendicio

In a talk of Dr. Martin Seligman (February 2004) on Positive Psychology (PP) in TED, he mentioned that "psychology should be just as concerned with human strength as it is with weakness. It should be just as concerned with building strength as with repairing damage. It should be interested in the best things in life. And it should be just as concerned with making the lives of normal people fulfilling, and with genius, with nurturing high talent." PP is a field of interest in psychology which considers the human strengths and values in promoting mental hygiene and well-being.

                                    Video: "Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology"

“... in our rush to do something about people in trouble, in our rush to do something about repairing damage, it never occurred to us to develop interventions to make people happier, positive interventions (Seligman, 2004)”

It is true that the disease model had been an important field of interest, as it dealt with how we could manage to lessen the suffering among individuals across the nation, with wide array of research focusing through development of psych drugs, diagnosing and counting the amount of deviance in various nations, and focusing on how abnormalities may affect our norm. 

But, it also equally important to focus our interest on how to manage the strengths among our people. Thus, instead of focusing so much on what could be the contributing factors, at varying levels, on suffering that our people have, we shift our interest by also looking on what could be the factors that make us more efficient in making a better community.

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