Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Mruk, C. J. 2010. Positive Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Although the concept of positive psychology may be traced back to the late nineteenth century, today the phrase is most often used in two ways. The first is associated with humanistic psychology and arose as a reaction against the reductionistic determinism of traditional psychoanalytic and behavioral psychology. From its beginning, humanistic psychology was concerned with exploring, understanding, and facilitating the development of positive human experience and behavior in an attempt to focus on the whole person.