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On Nurturing The Negative In The Age Of Positive Psychology: Psychoanalytic, Feminist, And Multicultural Considerations For Practice with Oksana Yakushko, PhD

  • 03 Mar 2017
  • 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Home of Dr. Deborah Schiller
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On Nurturing The Negative In The Age Of Positive Psychology: Psychoanalytic, Feminist, And Multicultural Considerations For Practice 

Clinical and scholarly focus in American psychology since its inception reflected the U.S. cultural emphasis on happiness and productivity as well as an ambivalent relationship with human suffering, especially suffering related to varied forms of oppression and injustice. This presentation will offer a critical review of history of positivity in psychology, including contemporary positive psychology, and its relation to clinical practice, clinical research, and pop psychology. Reflections on the significance of the multi-emotional clinical and cultural space will include concepts such as empathy, relationality, embodiment, desire, mourning, rage, and identity. 


Learning Objectives:

1. Understand and apply the knowledge of the social and cultural foundations of contemporary positive psychology and its impact on psychology and lay public (clients)

2. Recognize and apply interpretations of the impact of mono-emotional emphasis in the lives of diverse communities and clients.

3. Examine the significance of attending to multi-emotional and specifically "negative" aspects of human experience and suffering in clinical practice.



References:


Christopher, J. C., & Hickinbottom, S. (2008). Positive psychology, ethnocentrism, and the disguised ideology of individualism. Theory & Psychology, 18(5), 563-589.


Ehrenreich, B. (2009). Bright-sided: How the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America. Macmillan.


Held, B. S. (2002). The tyranny of the positive attitude in America: Observation and speculation. Journal of clinical psychology, 58(9), 965-991.


Held, B. S. (2004). The negative side of positive psychology. Journal of humanistic psychology, 44(1), 9-46.




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