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PSYC 280 Positive Psychology

3 s.h.

Positive Psychology explores the empirically-validated study of character strengths, values, and subjective well-being, and of how individuals and communities can live healthier, more productive lives. The class will examine how this suggested model in psychology can reconceptualize the disease model of mental illness through adoption of a proactive, preventive model of both research and application to issues in humanity. Topics covered include historical perspectives in positive psychology, optimism, the use of principles of positive psychology to examine issues in mental health, empirical studies of happiness and wellness, the application of positive psychology towards helping institutions function more effectively, and the role of positive thinking in everyday life. (LA)

Prerequisite: "C" or better in PSYC 100.

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