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Oscar R. Oro (2015)
Publisher: Universidad de Palermo
Journal: Psicodebate
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: logoterapia, psicología positiva, Psychology, BF1-990

Psychology omitted to approach, during almost a century, the positive aspects from persons, like creativity, humor, optimism, hope, forgiveness, life meaning, and happiness. These themes are approached by Positive Psychology, with Seligman like the principal exponent. Psychology was dedicated to explore the negative aspects from human beings improving human health. Nevertheless, this pathogenic model could not prevent mental disease. Concepts of Positive Psychology have a solid antecedent in Víktor Frankl ́s studies, which is the Logotherapy founder. This allows incorporating another perspective to approach positive aspects, from a philosophical and anthropological focus. Although the ways adopted by Frank and Seligman are different, both considered main aspects of human existence. Nevertheless, they investigated in different countries (from Europe and EE.UU.); in different circumstances (concentration camps, deaths, tortures; vs. academic context); in different historical periods and different social contexts (a country that lost the war and other that gave freedom to Europeans). In this work is used the concept life sense as the focus in professional formation and psychotherapy approach. 

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