Subject: Re: [psysr-disc] Positive psychology as "renewal"?
Date: Mon, June 11, 2012 9:52 am
What I noticed - it was broadcast on the mainstream radio news - is the $5.6M "gratitude" grant awarded to a professor at U.C. Davis, with funding going to Berkeley, Hofstra, and CSU Dominguez Hills as well. We can read fromHERE:
"Fellow psychologist George R. Mangun, dean of the UC Davis Division of Social Sciences, said: "One of the most important areas of psychology to emerge in recent years is that of positive psychology, and research and practice into areas such as the influence of gratitude on mental health and brain function."
As you point out, Vsp, attitude change is important and [how we approach] it does need an "upgrade."
ABO "Andrew Behavior Object"
There is some lawsuit or campaign in process challenging tax supported positive psychology being used to inure soldiers to killing. Psychologists for Social Responsibility may be involved.
After 9/11/01 Martin Seligman, in his introduction to the Handbook of Positive Psychology, smugly described the US as "wealthy, at peace, and stable."
In the American Psychological Associationıs publication for graduate students, gradPSYCH, January 2004, he advised: ³Have contempt for what has gone before you in the field . . Stop being a student after youıre an undergraduate . . All you should care about is your research and its originality.²