I have just read an interesting article by Craig Lambert in the Harvard Magazine (from 2007) http://harvardmagazine which discusses the difference between positive pyschology and humanistic psychology. There is a view that humanistic psychologists do not represent “positive psychology” because they have generated no research tradition, are narcissistic, and are antiscientific. The article looks at issues around the hear and now, the past and future, and explores the views of a number of authors.
Lambert talks about the work of Tal Ben-Shahar – a psychologist and author of Happier: Finding Meaning, Pleasure, and the Ultimate Currency; Daniel Gilbert, a professor of psychology and author of Stumbling on Happiness whose central focus is “prospection”—the ability to look into the future and discover what will make us happy. The bad news is that humans aren’t very skilled at such predictions; the good news is that we are much better than we realize at adapting to whatever life sends us; and Ellen Langer who prefers to spend her time in the present, and aims to analyze and share that experience with others though her many books—like On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself through Mindful Creativity—all of which explore her central theme of mindfulness. To Langer, mindfulness means noticing new things and drawing new distinctions. “It doesn’t matter whether what you notice is smart or silly,” she says, “because the process of actively drawing new distinctions produces that feeling of engagement we all seek. It’s much more available than you realize: all you need to do is actually notice new things. More than 30 years of research has shown that mindfulness is figuratively and literally enlivening. It’s the way you feel when you’re feeling passionate.”
Its worth a read.
So why the picture of the chimp? [actually its a monkey from the Monkey World park near Plettenberg Bay in South Africa]
Well, Dr Steve Peters has just published The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness (Paperback)
Already an Amazon bestseller, The Chimp Paradox proposes an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Dr Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:
– Recognise how your mind is working
– Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts
– Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be
The Chimp Mind Management Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It will help you to develop yourself and give you the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose your emotions. The book will do this by giving you an understanding of the way in which your mind works and how you can manage it. It will also help you to identify what is holding you back or preventing you from having a happier and more successful life.
Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand. There are also exercises for you to work with. By undertaking these exercises you will see immediate improvements in your daily living and, over time, you will develop emotional skills and practical habits that will help you to become the person that you want to be, and live the life that you want to live.
Reviewers say :
“This is one of the best books that I ever read. A simple model explains very well on how human brains work. I think everyone should read this to increase his/her EQ.”
“This book is a must for anyone who wants to know what really goes on inside your head! Cant put book down has changed the way I now live life and look at things. Very simple to read also.”
“I heard Steve Peters talking about this book on Radio 4 and could tell by the way he spoke that the book would be easy to read, enjoyable and a very good key to understanding automatic, emotional, and considered responses by the brain to everyday situations. I am now half-way through it and find it very easy to understand and absorb and that already I am refering back to the ideas and examples given as I am going about my everyday life. It is very enjoyable to read and I think it will help me to help my grandchildren understand better when they’re having problems too. Hope you enjoy it!”
“One of the best books I have ever purchased – wise, humane and delightfully written. Anyone would benefit from contemplating the ideas explored in this enlightening guide to the fractured human mind.”
Tell me what you think…