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TARGET ARTICLE: Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs?

TARGET ARTICLE: Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs? Psychological Inquiry Copyright © 2003 by 2003, Vol. 14, No. 2, 93–109 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. TARGET ARTICLE Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs? Richard S. Lazarus Professor Emeritus University of California at Berkeley American psychology seems suddenly to be en- psychology (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). A meshed in a new ideological movement that is being later special section of the same journal titled “Why Pos- referred to as positive psychology. Its premise is that if itive Psychology Is Necessary” is another offering of individuals engage in positive thinking and feeling and this movement. It was edited by Sheldon and King abandon or minimize their preoccupation with the (2001) and consists of four separate articles by harsh and tragic—that is, the stressful side of life— Fredrickson (2001), Lyubomirsky (2001b), Masten they will have found a magic elixir of health and (2001), and Schneider (2001). A new book, which when well-being. It is an old idea that has usually been popu- last I heard has the tentative title Handbook of Positive lar, though we still are uncertain about the conditions Psychology, is being edited by Snyder and Lopez under which an emotion could have major effects if (2002). What http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychological Inquiry Taylor & Francis

TARGET ARTICLE: Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs?

Psychological Inquiry , Volume 14 (2): 17 – Apr 1, 2003

TARGET ARTICLE: Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs?

Psychological Inquiry , Volume 14 (2): 17 – Apr 1, 2003

Abstract

Psychological Inquiry Copyright © 2003 by 2003, Vol. 14, No. 2, 93–109 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. TARGET ARTICLE Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs? Richard S. Lazarus Professor Emeritus University of California at Berkeley American psychology seems suddenly to be en- psychology (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). A meshed in a new ideological movement that is being later special section of the same journal titled “Why Pos- referred to as positive psychology. Its premise is that if itive Psychology Is Necessary” is another offering of individuals engage in positive thinking and feeling and this movement. It was edited by Sheldon and King abandon or minimize their preoccupation with the (2001) and consists of four separate articles by harsh and tragic—that is, the stressful side of life— Fredrickson (2001), Lyubomirsky (2001b), Masten they will have found a magic elixir of health and (2001), and Schneider (2001). A new book, which when well-being. It is an old idea that has usually been popu- last I heard has the tentative title Handbook of Positive lar, though we still are uncertain about the conditions Psychology, is being edited by Snyder and Lopez under which an emotion could have major effects if (2002). What

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Abstract

Psychological Inquiry Copyright © 2003 by 2003, Vol. 14, No. 2, 93–109 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. TARGET ARTICLE Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs? Richard S. Lazarus Professor Emeritus University of California at Berkeley American psychology seems suddenly to be en- psychology (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). A meshed in a new ideological movement that is being later special section of the same journal titled “Why Pos- referred to as positive psychology. Its premise is that if itive Psychology Is Necessary” is another offering of individuals engage in positive thinking and feeling and this movement. It was edited by Sheldon and King abandon or minimize their preoccupation with the (2001) and consists of four separate articles by harsh and tragic—that is, the stressful side of life— Fredrickson (2001), Lyubomirsky (2001b), Masten they will have found a magic elixir of health and (2001), and Schneider (2001). A new book, which when well-being. It is an old idea that has usually been popu- last I heard has the tentative title Handbook of Positive lar, though we still are uncertain about the conditions Psychology, is being edited by Snyder and Lopez under which an emotion could have major effects if (2002). What

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