Positive Psychology

Focusing on What’s Right with People, Instead of What’s Wrong with People

Julie coaches her clients using the framework of positive psychology. What does this mean?

Back in the mid 1990’s, the president of the American Psychological Association, Martin Seligman, asked the question, “What if we start looking at what’s right with people, rather than what’s wrong with people?” He thereby set the stage for a new branch of psychology, coined positive psychology.

From the research coming out of this new field, it turns out there are certain intentional activities that people can practice that will allow them to thrive. Along with that, there are certain character traits that are aligned with people who lead flourishing lives. These are traits that each of us can develop.

We now know that our capacity to thrive is determined as follows:

  • 50% of our capacity is determined by genetics
  • 10% of our capacity is determined by circumstances (job, financial situation, relationships, etc.)
  • 40% of our capacity is determined by our intentional activities

This means that we are each in control of 40% of the level to which we are thriving.

A flourishing life consists of five elements:

  • postive emotions
  • engagement
  • positive relationships
  • meaning
  • accomplishment

Julie helps her clients develop these five elements so they can flourish in their own lives!