Music Therapy Clinical

A Look at the Clinical Uses of Music Therapy

Music is a ubiquitous human endeavor that cuts across diverse cultural differences. Whether it’s actively participating in making music or just listening to our favorite songs, we have probably all felt the impact that music can have on our mood. Maybe you have a favorite ‘chill’ play
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positive psychology and mental health

The Connections Between Positive Psychology And Mental Health

Mental health therapists in the past dealt mostly with psychological diseases and the health issues that came from it. Their focus was less on individual factors like motivation, positive thinking, happiness, and emotional resilience, and more on the manifested symptoms of mental illn
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Book, ‘Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience’

A founding father of Positive Psychology, in his seminal work “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience” (1990), Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi argues that the key to happiness is to strive for ‘flow’ in our lives. Csikszentmihalyi argues that happiness can be achieved by taking control ov
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Positive Psychology conference

Upcoming Positive Psychology Conferences (2019 + 2020)

In this article, we have compiled all the upcoming positive psychology conferences during 2019 and included those we know about for 2020. If you’re interested in speaking or presenting at any of these, we have also included the official pages for each event. These links will inc
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Positive Psychology Researchers: Top Influencers’ Database

Years ago, Lisa Sansom, MAPP, of LVS Consulting started a list of positive psychology researchers, using a Google spreadsheet and filling in all the names of the researchers that she knew about from her U Penn MAPP studies. She has been so kind as to hand this project over to me so th
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Positive Psychology Internship Opportunities At The Positive Psychology Program

Hi there, The Positive Psychology Program website is managed by a small team based mostly in the Netherlands. Our team consists of two parts. One part is led by Hugo Alberts, Ph.D. He runs the development of the Positive Psychology Toolkit and all the masterclasses and training packag
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Positive Psychology Exercises

4 Positive Psychology Exercises To Do With Clients or Students

Positive Psychology is a scientific field whose knowledge then translates into multiple different exercises, activities, techniques, coaching tools, and interventions that can be used with coaching clients, at work in group settings, by students, employees and anyone who wants more sa
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Positive Psychology Interventions

19 Best Positive Psychology Interventions + How to Apply Them

For many years, the prime focus of psychology was to diagnose and treat people with mental health problems and psychopathological issues. In 1998, pioneers Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi popularized the concept of positive psychology, an offshoot of clinical psych
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What is meliorism

What is Meliorism? Global and Social Meliorism Explained

When you hear the word ‘meliorism‘ what comes to mind? There are many -isms in the world. What distinguishes meliorism from things like pessimism, optimism, humanism, and pluralism? Who influenced our thinking in these areas? What part do we, or don’t we play in meli
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Character 2018

And the ‘Weasel Word for 2018’ is…

As 2018 draws to a close we can now nominate our weasel word for the year. The weasel word for 2018 is ‘character.’ Perhaps I should explain. Traditionally ‘character’ describes the qualities of a person or thing that defines it or makes it unique. For example,
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Environmental Psychology Theory

What is Environmental Psychology? (Theories + Examples)

The term “environmental psychology” might be a bit ambiguous or confusing to you; if it is, you’re certainly not alone. It’s not a very large field yet, but it has the potential to be one of the most impactful ones yet regarding the future of being human. If your interest is piqued, y
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What is Kaplan’s Attention Restoration Theory (ART)? Benefits + Criticisms

Spending time in nature, by watching a sunset, gazing at the ocean or mountains, sitting in a park, escaping to the countryside or a nature retreat, or even just spending a few minutes to stare out the window, provides us with the opportunity to rest, reflect, and restore our very sel
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misconceptions of clinical psychology

The 5 Misconceptions of a Weakness Focus

The question “What is wrong with people?” has guided the thinking of many psychologists and dominated countless scientific studies during the 20th century. It is hard to deny that it is an important question. In our attempts to answer the question, we have gained insight into many ill
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positive psychology

What is Positive Psychology & Why is It Important?

If you’ve been hearing the term “positive psychology” thrown around a lot, but you’re not quite sure what it is, you’ve come to the right place! There are some common misconceptions about positive psychology, both about what it is and what it is not. To clear up some of these misunder
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The Big Five Personality Theory: The 5 Factor Model Explained (+PDF)

Big Five Personality Traits: The OCEAN Model Explained

The big five personality traits are about the following question: ‘Who are you?’ It’s a simple question, but it can be difficult to answer. You could answer with your name, your job title, your place in relation to your family, your hobby or passion, where you’re from, or
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positive psychology experiments

Positive Psychology Experiments: 6 Ways to Measure Well-being

When it comes to a field as broad-minded as positive psychology, there are several different types of research methods involved. For example, some positive psychology experiments might seek to simply measure participants’ levels of well-being, while others try to affect change to part
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