Applied Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is a recent branch of psychology and a philosophical approach that asks what is “going right” rather than what is “going wrong. Positive psychology is concerned with interventions that move clients from healthy to healthier rather than simply alleviating pain or overcoming disorder.

Positive psychologists seek “to find and nurture genius and talent”, and “to make normal life more fulfilling”, not simply to treat mental illness. The field is intended to complement, not to replace traditional psychology.

By scientifically studying how things go right rather than wrong, in both individuals and societies, Positive Psychology hopes to achieve a renaissance of sorts. Many researchers have joined the positive psychology movement, generating influential and well-cited articles journals.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that addresses dysfunctional thoughts, beliefs, emotions and maladaptive behaviors. The key principles of CBT are cognitive, behavioural, continuum principle, here-and-now, and interacting-systems principle.

The cognitive principle: it is interpretations of events, not events themselves, which are crucial. The behavioural principle: what we do has a powerful influence on our thoughts and emotions. The continuum principle: mental-health problems are best conceptualised as exaggerations of normal processes. The here-and-now principle: it is usually more fruitful to focus on current processes rather than the past. The interacting-systems principle: it is helpful to look at problems as interactions between thoughts, emotions, behaviour and physiology and the environment in which the person operates.

In CBT, problems can usefully be described in terms of the interactions between four systems:

  • The cognitive system – what a person thinks, imagines, believes.
  • The behavioural system – what they do or say that can be directly observed by others.
  • The affective system – their emotions.
  • The physiological system – what happens to their body, such as autonomic arousal or changes in appetite.

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Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an attitude, methodology, and technology that teaches people how to improve the quality of their lives. It is an educational tool that teaches people how to communicate more effectively with themselves and with others. It is designed to help people have personal freedom in the way they think, feel, and behave.

NLP is about attitude. And the attitude says that things can get better and that things should be based on doing the right thing for the right reason. One of the major goals of NLP is to make humans rise above the dung of society - not to be better than other people, but to be better human beings, better than they were the day before, and better the next day than they were the day before that.

The co-founders, Richard Bandler and linguist John Grinder, believed that NLP would be useful in “finding ways to help people have better, fuller and richer lives”. They coined the term “Neuro-Linguistic Programming” to emphasize their belief in a connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), language (“linguistic”) and behavioral patterns that have been learned through experience (“programming”) and can be organized to achieve specific goals in life.

Neurotransforming - Eastern Version Of NLP

Neurotransforming is a system of psychological methods designed for consulting and psychotherapy that was created by Sergei Kovalev (Ph.D) in Moscow, Russia. This system allows you to control your internal and external world and helps you make specific changes in yourself and your life.

This system incorporates other methods such as NLP, eastern NLP, solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology, and a number of other methods. In a nutshell, neurotransforming is a system of methods that allows people to make positive changes in themselves and obtain an overall well-being that consists of effectiveness, happiness, excellence, and “luck”.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a method based on mindfulness meditation that can help with psychological, emotional, physical, and psychosomatic problems. The main goal of MBSR is to help a person develop enhanced awareness of moment-to-moment experience of thoughts, emotions, and sensations in the body.

The main idea behind MBSR is that greater awareness will provide better perception, reduce negative affect and improve vitality and coping. MBSR focuses on helping people acquire a skill of mindful awareness. Read more

The Key Method - Mindfulness-Based Self-Regulation

The Key Method is a unique system of quick stress relief and prevention. It is a method of personal development, self-rehabilitation and self-healing. It is the key to your inner self, creativity and talents. The Key Method is based on the natural self-regulation ability that is achieved through ideomotor movement, which helps to establish a mind-body connection whereby psychological and physiological processes in the body become coordinated and balanced.

Using the Key Method, you can eliminate tension and stress in just 5-20 minutes without need for outside help or medicine. This is made possible by achieving a state of harmony between body and mind. In this state of harmony, you can get conscious access to abilities that were only available to you during sleep or in critical situations. You can also achieve an altered state of consciousness, described by various cultures as nirvana, ecstasy, or euphoria without years of training or administration of drugs.

The Key Method is one of the simplest and versatile methods in the world. Effectiveness and efficiency of this method allow you achieve maximum results in the shortest period of time. Read more.

OH Cards

OH Cards are a genre of special playing cards used as story–telling prompters, counseling and psychotherapeutic tools, communication enhancers, educational aids, and social interactive games. OH cards have no official or traditional interpretations of images, and instructions included with the decks encourage imaginative and personal interpretations of the images.

Usually these images are small paintings created by various artists specifically for this kind of use. As a genre, OH cards are unconventional “information containers”, unbound books with no set sequence of pages. Their most common uses are as a focus for self–examination and as prompters in social interactions. They are often used as aides in psychotherapeutic settings, and in a variety of educational situations. Less commonly, OH cards are used as catalysts in artistic fields: in writing, painting, theatre, even dance.

Categorically, OH Cards operate in the interface of literature, art appreciation, games, and psychology. Most commonly they are used as a focus for self–examination. In some parts of the world they are called kesem cards or Cards of Association.