The biggest challenge for positive psychology is dealing with dark times
Posted February 6, 2008on:
Sometimes the glass is half-full . . . of poison
When we are faced with brutality, cruelty, perversion, etc., it is NOT wise to dismiss it in with superficial optimism. Sometimes the glass is not just half-full, it is half-full of poison. Realism is important.
Real life can be awfully depressing
Unfortunately realistic attitudes are associated with depression. Not only do we have to confront exceptional nastiness on occasion, or for some unlucky people day-after-day, experiencing extreme unpleasantness tends to close use down psychologically.
Positive psychology requires us to recognize evil for what it is and to recognize opportunity, however minute
Positive psychology is about the processes that allow us to recognize what is evil and keep a clear mind, and conversely, to keep a clear mind and yet recognize evil for what it is. It is also about how to recognize opportunity, even if it is minute, when opportunity seems to have deserted us.
Today, I came across this quotation on Inner Edge on how to maintain some mental balance and perspective when life horrifies.
“Let fear soften us rather than harden us into resistance”
This is also a very attractive blog of poems with beautiful accompanying photos.