Clearly, therapists must always respond with empathy, understanding, and attuned clinical expertise to clients’ suffering. But the theme of this issue is that in their urgency to relieve pain, therapists must not overlook the rich possibilities for health and growth within every person, without which even the most skilled clinician in the world can do nothing. In the end, all clients must, to some extent, be their own healers.
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Clients' Symptoms Offer Clues to Their Strengths
As therapists, we’re taught to be master detectives who methodically investigate our clients’ symptoms in search of a “culprit”—the source of their pain. But if we spend too much time preoccupied with symptoms, we’re likely to miss important clues to hidden strengths, which can transform the experience of psychotherapy.
Personality and Habit Change: Are You an Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, or Rebel?
Rediscovering Happiness: The Use of Positive Childhood Triggers in Psychotherapy
Can a Course in Positive Psychology Change Your Life?
Positive Aging - A new paradigm for growing old
How to continue to get the most out of life as you age.
The Seeker, the Tennis Coach, and the Next Wave of Therapeutic Practice
In this postmodern world of infinite choice and incoherent structure, what practical steps should we take to become the self we see shining in our best moments? How can we learn to live in consonance with what we value most? What Really Matters? Such questions have long preoccupied the writer Tony Schwartz, who paid a price in the mid-1980s for failing to live in accord with what he valued most. He was a tennis player and a 35-year-old former New York Times reporter when real estate developer Donald Trump offered him a quarter of a million dollars plus royalties to ghostwrite a book that became a bestseller, The Art of the Deal.
A Self-Described Grouch is Trying to Turn Happiness into a Science
Self-Described grouch Martin Seligman, the father of the positive psychology movement, is trying to turn happiness into a science.
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