A few words about positive psychology

I’ve been interested in personal growth for as long as I can remember. Before I learnt the word ‘self-growth’ I thought that my interest was mainly in the learning process:

  • How can some people learn so quickly?
  • Why do some of us seem to have sharper brains?
  • Why are some people more productive and achieve more things effectively than others?
  • Why did my encounter with foreign languages used to be such a disaster but a few years abroad prove that I can learn a foreign language, or languages, if I really want to? (And it’s important to add here that some people who live abroad actually choose not to learn almost any of the foreign language at all).

Then I realised that it always been personal development in general that has been so interesting for me. There are so many different aspects and I enjoy reading and learning about all of them: motivation, time usage (time management, as some people say, but I don’t like the phrase), productivity, achieving one’s goals, the impact of different habits (sleep, nutrition, technology usage) on one’s happiness, stress levels and work-life balance.

Although the topic of self-growth had already been considered by ancient philosophers, the first study about achieving goals was done in the 1930s. Then there was a long period with not much significant research in the field, mainly due to world wars, when psychologists and other scholars focused more on dealing with and helping people who had suffered post-traumatic stress disorders, depression, anxiety, etc. There wasn’t much government interest or money for studies which would focus on positive psychology and peoples’ strengths and personal growth. It was more about survival than personal development. During this time five times more articles about negative symptoms and states such as depression were published compared with the ones which spoke about self-growth and strengths. So psychology became a science of mental diseases and disorders. Then positive psychology and coaching emerged and became as popular as ever in the last couple of decades.

Now it’s difficult to focus on one topic linked to personal development. There are so many of them! Let’s take the term ‘emotional intelligence’—that’s a huge area with lots of different studies and scientists involved!

I feel sometimes that different aspects related to self-growth are so intriguing that it’s hard to be selective enough and focus on particular narrow topics. What about you? What are you most interested in?

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3 thoughts on “A few words about positive psychology

  1. I have a huge interest in pretty much everything you’ve just mentioned; I have particularly been interested in the achievement of goals and time management as you mentioned recently. The variety of people’s routines across the board; what works and what doesn’t for certain people is so vast but so intriguing!

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    1. Yes, I agree! These topics are SO fascinating!
      However, I’ve noticed that readers prefer to read about happiness and well-being a bit more rather than about productivity or time management. Both are crucial in our life. Time management tips can be so valuable especially nowadays when most of us seem to juggle so many different roles and responsibilities, and we receive 5x more information on a daily basis than just a few decades ago. I enjoy reading and learning about these things and what’s interesting there is such a big diversity in research findings, opinions, tips that everyone can choose something best for themselves. I do Productive Mondays cycle on my blog where I have posts about time management and productivity so please have a look here tomorrow if you have a moment! 🙂

      Aggie

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