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Chapter 39 - Psychotherapy and Positive Psychology

from Part IV - Wellness Interventions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Waguih William IsHak
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
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Alice Aisen’s work was pioneering in the domain of positive psychology as she provided the first empirical evidence on the beneficial role of positive affect (happy feelings) in cognitive processes [1, 2]. She suggested that the three basic components of cognitive processes (cognition, motivation, and affection) are integrated into common networks [3] and mediated neurotically by similar brain circuits [4]. She observed that positive affect promotes cognitive flexibility between the three components, enabling a flexible, open-minded, and creative thinking oriented to problem-solving [5].

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Print publication year: 2020

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