Quote Series No. 2

“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”

~Confucius

If you think our brains are pretty neat, take solace in the fact that you’re not alone.  In the past 20 years, the field of positive psychology has taken great leaps in proving the worth of an emphasis on what makes life worth living. As psychologist and author Christopher Peterson explains, “What is good about life is as genuine as what is bad and therefore deserves equal attention from psychologists.” His book, A Primer in Positive Psychology (link below), is an eye-opening description of the shift in psychology from a disease-focused model to one focused on the brain’s capabilities and the understanding of positive experiences. It’s an excellent introduction to the field of psychology, as well as an insightful tool for personal or professional success- not only does it discuss the transition of psychology from a philosophy to a modern science, it’s also chock-full of real-world applications of positive psychology. Whether one is preparing for athletic competition, living with a chronic illness, or simply trying to improve his/her quality of life, focusing on strengths just as much as (and maybe even a tiny bit more than) weaknesses can have significant impacts. Behavior change is a fluid, dynamic process of which the human brain is always capable through its creation of new neural connections. Be aware of what you know and are capable of doing, and be mindful of what you do not know and are not (currently) capable of doing. Understand your strengths (check out this character strengths questionnaire created by the VIA institute and positive psychology forefather Dr. Martin Seligman! https://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey ). Improve upon and practice your strengths, and never lose sight of them or your weaknesses. Create new possibilities, achieve lasting change.

A Primer In Positive Psychology

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