Full course description
The intent of positive psychology is to have a more complete and balanced scientific understanding of the human experience, by abandoning the exclusive focus on vulnerability factors and ‘fixing what is wrong’ towards including protective factors and ‘building what is strong. Positive psychology is concerned with both making the lives of people fulfilling as with healing and preventing pathology. Especially focusing on building strengths (e.g., optimism, courage) instead of correcting weaknesses can protect against mental illnesses. Examining both vulnerability and protective factors will help to disentangle what leads to outcomes of recovery, sustainability (perseverance in valued activities despite hardship) and growth (benefit finding).
After you have finished this course:
- you will have gained a general understanding about topics such as well-being, resilience, optimism, positive emotions and self-compassion;
- you are able to understand and explain theories that are relevant to positive psychology (e.g., self-determination theory and broaden-and-build theory);
- you can interpret, contrast and criticize empirical findings;
- you know several measurement tools that are applied in positive psychology;
- you will have improved your ability to examine the relation between the discussed topics, and you can explain how certain ideas/theories/empirical findings connect to, or contrast with one another;
- you have gained the ability to use gained knowledge in practice, by participating and applying different positive psychology techniques to enhance subjective well-being.
- M.M. Hanssen