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Designing Positive PsychologyTaking Stock and Moving Forward$
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Kennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, and Michael F. Steger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373585

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.001.0001

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Challenges, Pitfalls, and Aspirations for Positive Psychology

Challenges, Pitfalls, and Aspirations for Positive Psychology

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(p.9) 2 Challenges, Pitfalls, and Aspirations for Positive Psychology
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Designing Positive Psychology
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Todd B. Kashdan (Contributor Webpage)

Michael F. Steger (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.003.0002

This chapter discusses the challenges faced by the field of positive psychology as it approaches its second decade of existence. Among these is the lack of clarity on which research topics constitute “positive psychology”; the one-sided focus on desirable-sounding constructs and topics, with new, exotic terms like self-compassion or state cheerfulness proliferating; and researchers' failure to consider the yin and yang of positive and negative, the dialectical tension between stress and growth.

Keywords:   positive psychology, psychological research, positive, negative, stress, growth

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