Category Archives: Positive Psychology

Sustaining ourselves through difficult times – get new energy here!

Recently I have noticed a range of conflicting feelings and emotions, as the cuts to our public services deepen and the future for them looks anything but bright. On one side, I have been increasingly troubled by the continuing and brutalising effects of the resource cuts to public and voluntary services, along with the associated anti-public sector messaging that goes with them. On the other hand, I read so many energising pieces about great leadership, well handled change and innovative organisational development in those services, that daily I find great ideas, succour and important sources of energy, the fund of… Read more
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Get in the zone with Flow

One of the leading positive psychology proponents and founding thinker of Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the greatest living psychologists of our age. This short video introduces us to the man and his idea. Wikipedia tells us that “according to Csíkszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channelled, but positive, energised, and aligned with the task at hand. To be caught in the ennui of depression or the agitation… Read more
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Change is hard…except when it’s not!

The Positive Psychology website has an interesting and potentially practically helpful piece about ways to achieve personal change by identifying the resistors to change, in ourselves and in groups, and melting them away. The model quoted draws implicitly on positive psychology constructs, which in my view gives it an added benefit. The article quotes Kegan and Lahey’s four-column model of analysis and action to reduce and overcome resistance to change (from their book Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization). The four elements are: 1 Commitment, i.e. unable to follow through… Read more
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Well Being and a critique of the consultation on the measures

The Positive Psychology website has been tracking the government’s plans to measure well being. The Office for National Statistics has been carrying out a £12m national consultation as part of the work to identify the most appropriate measures for the well being metrics. The PP article is a cogent and reasoned critique of the risks of creating the measures in the way Government suggests and what may flow from those in policy terms. The article is worth a read.… Read more
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