Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Philip, D., Epting, F. R. and Brafman, R. 2010. Optimal Functioning. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
The area of optimal functioning was introduced into modern scientific psychology by Marie Jahoda. Those contributing most heavily to the area or optimal functioning were originally humanistic psychologists, who see optimal functioning as qualitatively different from normality or lack of pathology. More recently, the mantle of optimal functioning has been taken up by those in the fields of positive psychology and athletic performance.