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Is positive psychology used in psychotherapy?

Ronald Siegel
Psychology
Ask most therapists, and you're likely to hear that they've been using positive psychology for years. Many of the ideas of positive psychology have long been part of psychotherapy. Good therapists of all types help people recognize their strengths and identify paths toward greater fulfillment and happiness. For example, feminist therapy usually tries to identify women's strengths (rather than focus on their weaknesses) and accept and validate women's feelings. Humanistic psychology emphasizes the importance of finding meaning in life and continuing to grow psychologically. But the primary focus of a lot of psychotherapy has historically been to treating mental illness by addressing negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors.

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