Adaptive mental mechanisms. Their role in a positive psychology.

@article{Vaillant2000AdaptiveMM,
  title={Adaptive mental mechanisms. Their role in a positive psychology.},
  author={George E. Vaillant},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2000},
  volume={55 1},
  pages={89-98}
}
Psychology needs a metric for positive mental health that would be analogous to the IQ tests that measure above-average intelligence. The Defensive Function Scale of the DSM-IV offers a possible metric. In the present article the author links the transformational qualities of defenses at the mature end of the Defensive Function Scale--altruism, suppression, humor, anticipation, and sublimation--to positive psychology. First, the methodological problems involved in the reliable assessment of… CONTINUE READING