The Virtues of Sadness

In the early 1990's a small handful of researchers and practitioners began questioning the inherent focus on pathology in the world of Psychology and Psychotherapy. Researchers like Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi argued the benefits of helping people focus on their strengths to create richer more meaningful lives. What began as a niche toward positivity and perhaps even the first stages of identifying characteristics of resilience, soon became a wave of positively focused ideology. The initial influence trending toward positive thinking and relying on more upbeat characteristics of attitude seemed like a breath of fresh air in the otherwise shadowy realms of mental health.

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