Second Wave Positive Psychology: Exploring the Positive–Negative Dialectics of Wellbeing

  title={Second Wave Positive Psychology: Exploring the Positive–Negative Dialectics of Wellbeing},
  author={Tim Lomas and Itai Ivtzan},
  journal={Journal of Happiness Studies},
Positive psychology has tended to be defined in terms of a concern with ‘positive’ psychological qualities and states. However, critics of the field have highlighted various problems inherent in classifying phenomena as either ‘positive’ or ‘negative.’ For instance, ostensibly positive qualities (e.g., optimism) can sometimes be detrimental to wellbeing, whereas apparently negative processes (like anxiety) may at times be conducive to it. As such, over recent years, a more nuanced ‘second wave… 

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