TARGET ARTICLE: Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs?

  title={TARGET ARTICLE: Does the Positive Psychology Movement Have Legs?},
  author={Richard S. Lazarus},
  journal={Psychological Inquiry},
  pages={109 - 93}
  • R. Lazarus
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Inquiry
American psychology seems suddenly to be enmeshed in a new ideological movement that is being referred to as positive psychology. Its premise is that if individuals engage in positive thinking and feeling and abandon or minimize their preoccupation with the harsh and tragic-that is, the stressful side of lifethey will have found a magic elixir of health and well-being. It is an old idea that has usually been popular, though we still are uncertain about the conditions under which an emotion… 

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