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Optimal Functioning

  1. Daniel Philip1,
  2. Franz R. Epting2,
  3. Rom Brafman3

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0626

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Philip, D., Epting, F. R. and Brafman, R. 2010. Optimal Functioning. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of North Florida

  2. 2

    University of Florida

  3. 3

    Palo Alto, CA

Publication History

  1. 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.


  • constructivist;
  • humanistic;
  • peak;
  • positive;
  • psychology