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Should psychology be ‘positive’? Letting the philosophers speak: Commentary on … Hope, optimism and delusion

  • Femi Oyebode (a1)

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This is a brief commentary on the value of optimism in therapy. It draws on the philosophical writings of Schopenhauer and Aristotle. It suggests that the modern preoccupation with optimism may be as extreme as the bleak pessimistic outlook favoured by Schopenhauer.

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Femi Oyebode (femi_oyebode@msn.com)

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1 Schopenhauer, A. Essays and Aphorisms (trans. Hollingdale, RJ). Penguin, 1970 (1851).
2 McGuire-Snieckus, R. Hope, optimism and delusion. Psychiatr Bull 2014; 38: in press.
3 Seligman, MEP. Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Free Press, 2002.
4 Aristotle. Ethics (trans. Thomson, JAK). Penguin, 1955.

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Should psychology be ‘positive’? Letting the philosophers speak: Commentary on … Hope, optimism and delusion

  • Femi Oyebode (a1)
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