What is Existential Positive Psychology?

  • Paul T. P. Wong Meaning Centered Counselling Institute

Abstract

Positive psychology (PP) with its focus on what is good and right with people is Pollyannaish, because it ignores the bleak reality of human existence. Existential psychology (EP) with its focus on death anxiety, meaninglessness and alienation is dark, because it does not pay enough attention to the joy of living. Positive psychology without existential insights and phenomenological analysis is full of adolescent exuberance but lacking in depth. Existential psychology without rigorous research on human strengths and positive affects is full of wisdom but lacking in youthful vitality. Therefore, it makes sense to bring these two separate domains of psychology together, resulting in existential positive psychology (EPP) or positive existential psychology (PEP), depending on one’s preference. The Journal of IJEPP is home to all kinds of articles related to EPP.
Published
Jun 27, 2011
How to Cite
WONG, Paul T. P.. What is Existential Positive Psychology?. International Journal of Existential Positive Psychology, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, june 2011. ISSN 1708-1696. Available at: <http://journal.existentialpsychology.org/index.php/ExPsy/article/view/166>. Date accessed: 17 sep. 2019.