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Positive psychology as a foundation to coaching

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Using the science of positive psychology in the practice of coaching…

You may remember when, in a past newsletter, I expressed the importance of always “focusing on what you want and never on what you don’t want.” Well, there is a whole new area of science called positive psychology which is the study of what is right with individuals. It develops a rigorous study of complete mental health. In a nutshell, it is the study of the conditions and processes that contribute to happiness.
One of the main principles of this science is to  ‘reverse the focus’, i.e. to become aware of what we paying attention to and then choosing what we really want to focus on. The idea is that when an individual focuses on what he wants, this leads to increased well-being. Other aspects of positive psychology are learning to focus on one’s strengths; harnessing positive emotion, building hope, connecting with purpose and aligning values and vision. All these approaches are employed in the coaching process, explicitly or implicitly. For more insights into this exciting new science, may I recommend Martin Seligman’s book  “Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment” (2002).

Written by Michel

November 18th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

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