What's the "Positive" in Positive Psychology? Teleological Considerations Based on Creation and Imago Doctrines

Volume
Volume 43
Issue
Spring 2015
Title
What's the "Positive" in Positive Psychology? Teleological Considerations Based on Creation and Imago Doctrines
Abstract

While positive psychology has considered a social science perspective of optimal development and living, a pressing question for the integration of psychology and theology is to consider what Christian theology suggests is essential for humans to thrive. Recognizing that God’s purposeful action in creation has a telos, that is, a goal or purpose for humankind, propels Christian psychologists to investigate a theology of thriving in order to more fully grasp what God has intended for humanity. In this essay we argue that the Christian faith uniquely contributes multiple perspectives to our understanding of human thriving and flourishing that are central to psychological inquiry and are unique contributions to positive psychology. Specifically, the doctrines of creation and imago Dei broaden and deepen our understanding of thriving by providing a teleological perspective.

Pages
47 - 59
Price
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