Positive Psychology 2.0: Towards a Balanced Interactive Model of the Good Life

Wong, P. (2011) Positive Psychology 2.0: Towards a Balanced Interactive Model of the Good Life. DrPaulWong.Com

 

Abstract

This paper first describes the growing pains and challenges of the positive psychology (PP) movement and identified the four pillars of the good life as meaning, virtue, resilience, and well-being, which are all shaped by culture. I then introduce three issues that characterise the second wave of PP (referred to as PP 2.0). The first concerns the need for a comprehensive taxonomy of PP. The second involves the hypothesis that meaning-orientation and happiness-orientation represent two different visions of the good life with profound practical implications. Eudaimonia is viewed as meaning plus virtue. The third issue concerns a dual-systems model as a way to integrate the complex interactions between the negatives and positives to optimise positive outcomes in various situations. I conclude that PP 2.0 is characterised by a balanced, interactive, meaning-centered, and cross-cultural perspective.

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