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"The Merging Sciences of Faith And Psychology"
Gerry M. Kaye
"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."- John Milton
Dec. 18, 2003. A new field of positive psychology formally began about five years ago, initiated by then president of the American Psychological Assn., Dr Martin E. P. Seligman, a devotee to the study of mental illness. He coined the phrase 'learned helplessness' to describe how hopelessness and other negative thoughts can spiral down into clinical depression.
He noted the significant advances since 1947 wherein none of the major mental illnesses were treatable, whereas now, 16 are treatable by psychotherapy, psychopharmachology, or both. He focused on the apparent necessity for people to reach their higher ground, to thrive and to flourish, within the proficiency of rescuing them through psychology through tools of 'positive psychology': "that which makes life worth living".
Among studies of psychologists who study emotions and their significance are new discoveries generated by positive psychology that hold the promise of impoved individual and collective functioning, psychological well being and physical health.
Barbara L Fredrickson, the director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Michigan, states, "...To harness the power of Positive Psychology, we need to understand how and why 'goodness' matters. Although the discovery that people who think positively and actually live longer is remarkable, it raises more questions than it answers as to exactly how positive thinking and pleasant feelings help people to live longer... My research traces the positive pathways for the life-enhancing effects of positive emotions and attempts to understand why human beings evolved to experience them.... "
Through her findings in her experimental tests, Barbara L Fredrickson went on to say that it seems that positive emotions do more than feel good in the present. The 'undoing effect' suggests that positive emotions can reduce the psychological 'damage' on the cardiovascular system sustained by the feeling of negative emotions, and that it appears that experiencing positive emotions increases the likelihood of feeling good in the future; with an increase in broadened thinking and cognitive perspective through positive effect in an upward spiral of continued growth and thriving.
For example, through compassionate individuals, helping others, the resounding and transforming of groups within communities and organizations springs from positive emotions and produces positive emotions, inspiring further compassionate acts; transforming communities into more cohesive, moral and harmonious social organizations.
Barbara L Fredrickson went on to suggest that we need to develop methods to experience more positive emotions, more often. Finding positive meaning within present circumstances indirectly cultivates positive emotions. This is obtained by finding benefits within adversity, such as the newfound strength and resolve within; and the expressed appreciation of others, and of love and gratitude, even in simple things....
Fredrickson continued, "..The new science of positive psychology is beginning to unravel how such transformations can take place. Think about the good in the world, or otherwise find positive meaning, and you seed your own positive emotions. A focus on goodness cannot only change your life and your community, but perhaps also the world, and in time create Heaven on Earth."
"A FOCUS ON GOODNESS"
In my writings on depression, I am pleased to note that these scientific studies reaffirm exactly what has been discussed, which is indeed a happy, positive, encouraging note for us all; ...
...in that our positive faith is being discovered as more than a separate, beneficial, psychological tool for segmented believers only, but rather, acknowledged as a Powerful scientific tool for the aid of the many who are infirmed and in need, as well.
For He Who Created us and all things, also Provided us with the Answers that we need in all things.
As we joyfully count and give thanks for all of His Blessings and Goodness towards us,
GOD Bless you and yours with a Very Happy Holiday Season.
Gerry M. Kaye.
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"DEPRESSION & THE FIELD OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY".
"A New Branch Of Psychological Science", "The Merging Science of Faith And Psychology", "Why Feeling Good Is Good For You", "A FOCUS ON GOODNESS"
Guest Artist Marc Chagall. c) Copyright 2003 by Gerry M. Kaye. All Rights reserved
Reference: AMERICAN SCIENCE MAGAZINE. July-August, 2003, "The Value Of Positive Emotions" by Barbara L Fredrickson.