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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology

About a year back, I was teaching a group of adult students and one of the topics I taught was ‘Positive Psychology’. The most fascinating part of the process were the people’s reactions to the subject.

But first, allow me to give you a brief description of Positive Psychology. It’s a way of looking at human beings from a perspective of their strengths and abilities that help them move on with life. The way I see it, it celebrates mental strengths which all of us possess. These mental strengths can be resilience, hope, zest for life, love of learning and many more.

Dr Martin Seligman is considered to be the Father of Positive Psychology.

I asked the students in my class to share an incident from their personal life, which reflected one of their mental strengths. It could be a positive incident or a challenging situation that brought about a strength which they never knew existed within them. I gave the class 5 minutes.

It was amazing how every member had a touching story to tell. All of a sudden people shared the most intimate stories of their lives. Some of their eyes went visibly moist, but every face looked different, stronger, more confident and introspective. It seemed as if people’s most vulnerable moments made them aware of their own personal resources and strengths.

I ended the discussion by saying that each of us need to keep our strengths constantly alive, not just in good times, but also when going gets tough.

A student after the discussion mentioned how she thought psychology was just about human suffering and now she felt that there’s more to psychology. It’s also about people’s goodness, their personal capabilities.

This post goes to all those people who trusted me in the class and bared their soul, teaching me and the class so many strengths that will now always be a part of me.

Building compassion and assertiveness

On the occasion of Children’s Day,as I look around I wonder what are skills that children need to be equipped with. There are 2 skills that can help children in self preservation and also help them form healthy relationships. These skills would be learning to be compassionate,sensitive to the needs of others and secondly learning to be assertive. Developing a sense of concern for others can go a long way
in forming emotional bonds. At the same time,it may be crucial to stand up for one’s own rights without being aggressive. Assertiveness and Compassion are some of the most effective ways to combat violence. Teach your children to care for themselves as well as others!

Miracles, Gratitude and Therapy – Sonali Gupta

This is a story I did for PeopleKonnect. Gratitude, Miracles and Therapy!

Womenspiring Wednesdays...

Sonali Gupta

Books have always come into my life in strange ways, giving me answers I deeply seek.

I still remember there was a rare book, which I just found in an exhibition and no one knew who it belonged to. I waited for two days, finally took it home and the book changed me.

This book, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” gave me answers to some of my existential anxiety that came in with the thought of becoming a therapist. Over the years I have learnt that when a client walks into the room, you never know the way forward.

As a therapist I begin with faith and most clients beautifully create their own rose garden, equally accepting the thorns that come with it.

Therapy is constantly a story of human will and strength. Therapy has taught me to not just trust myself , but believing that the client…

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