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Bolt, (2004) stated “in carefully applying thescientific method, positive psychology aims toassess, understand, and then build the human strengths” (p.19). One applies the scientific method to the study of humanstrengths and civic virtues such as; Love Empathy Wisdom Commitment Happiness Self-respect Hope
LoveHarlow asserts“learning to love is reallyabout learning to live”(as cited in Bolt, 2004).Love is what one holdsstrongly for another inthe form of affectionthrough either personalties or kinship. Love is formed fromattachment styles. Determine one’s ownattachment styles. Explore types of love. One should build closerelationships.
EmpathyMerton asserts“compassion is the keenawareness of theinterdependence of allthings” (as cited inBolt, 2004). See and feel another’sperspective. Avoid making snapjudgments. Practice forgiveness ofothers. One needs to cultivateempathy. Foster empathy.EmpathySeeingFeelingForgivenessSnap JudgmentsCultivatingFostering
WisdomEinstein asserts“wisdom is not aproduct ofschooling but ofthe lifelongattempt to acquireit” (cited in PsychWisdom, n.d.). Intelligence is not alwayswise. Emotional intelligencecontributes to wisdom. Successful intelligencecontributes to wisdom. Understand what wisdom is. Learn what wisdom is.
CommitmentBolt, (2004) stated“commitment meansconsciously anddeliberately gettingbeyond the urge to doonly what isimmediately satisfying”(p. 105). Understand and determineone’s strivings Make commitments to one’sstrivings. Determine reasons for one’sstrivings. Commitment in one’s strivings Fostering one’s commitments.0246Love Work Family CollegeLevels of CommitmentLevels ofCommitment
HappinessAristotle asserts that“happiness is themeaning and thepurpose of life, thewhole aim and end ofhuman existence” (ascited in Bolt, 2004). Assess one’s own happiness. Understand satisfying lifeexperiences. Flow Pursue happiness in life. Recommendations fosterpursuing one’s happiness.
Self-respectMarkTwain asserts “noman, deep down in theprivacy of his heart, hasany considerable respectfor himself” (as cited inBolt, 2004). Reflect on one’s own self-concept. Noncontingent one’s ownself-esteem. Cultivate one’s humility. Practice one’s self-forgetfulness.Self-respectSelf-conceptSelf-esteemHumilitySelf-forgetfulness
HopeMarvin and Darabontassert “hope is a goodthing, maybe the bestof things. And no goodthing ever dies” (ascited in Bolt, 2004). Assesses optimism and thebenefits. Explore hope. Foster hope.AssessOptimismExploreHopeFosterHopeHope
ConclusionThe aim of positive psychology is to understand and build humanstrengths to help people thrive. It is an assuming factor of people’sability to choose, change, and control one’s direction in life.Throughthe application of the scientific method of studying human strengthsand civic virtues such as “love”, “empathy”, “wisdom”,”commitment”, “happiness”, “self-respect”, and “hope”, one’s fromdifferent perspectives can make investigations that contribute to theunderstanding of human flourishing.As for the scientific study of well-being, positive psychology’s notable benefactions make assessments ofdistinctive strengths.As well as positive psychologist’s ability ofcomprehension of the significance of autonomy, the relationship, andthe causations of people’s values in human flourishing.As I better understand and study the significances and meaningsof “love”, “empathy”, “wisdom”,” commitment”, “happiness”, “self-respect”, and “hope” I know how they will enable a sense of well-beingin my personal and social worlds. Although I must continue to fosterthese human strengths and civic virtues within myself to maintain asense of autonomy and human flourishing.
Resource PageBolt, M. (2004). Pursuing human strengths: Apositive psychology guide. NewYork, NY:Worth Publishers.World in Motion. (n.d.). Retrieved fromhttp://scotterb.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/empathy-wisdom-and-the-supreme-court/PsychWisdom. (n.d.). Retrieved fromhttp://www.psychwisdom.com/