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Simple vs. Complex Strengths

February 9, 2010 by ·

When we set out to create a framework for studying character strengths, we were aiming to develop a taxonomy.  We had a retreat in Glasbern, Penn., at which 20 or so people with diverse professional backgrounds gathered to discuss how to approach this daunting task.  Among the professionals was... Read More

The Contagion of Character: Building a Better Society, Not Just a Better Self

February 8, 2010 by ·

I have been sympathetic to some criticisms of positive psychology as being too “self”-centered – focusing on how individuals can make themselves happier or otherwise improve their own lives. It can appear that positive psychology is a continuation of a “me-me-me” egocentric, self-indulgent culture. There may well be those... Read More