POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICE OF PSYCHOLOGY?

Papeles del Psicólogo. 2014;35(2):144-158

 

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Journal Title: Papeles del Psicólogo

ISSN: 0214-7823 (Print); 1886-1415 (Online)

Publisher: Spanish Psychological Association (Colegio Oficial de Psicólogos)

Society/Institution: COP (Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de Psicólogos de España)

LCC Subject Category: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish; Castilian, English

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AUTHORS

Julio Alfonso Piña López (Programa de Salud Institucional. Universidad de Sonora, México)

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

Blind peer review

Editorial Board

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Time From Submission to Publication: 15 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

Positive psychology is not a science of psychology, because it lacks a specific subject matter as well as conceptual categories that theoretically represent it. Even more, it is not built on the foundations of a theory that would make it possible to translate scientific knowledge into technological knowledge, applicable to social problems in which the psychological dimension is relevant. We conclude that positive psychology is more than just a “good fashion” or “sympathetic magic”; it is, in essence, an unwarranted and fruitless attempt to give life to a new and very different psychology. In short, it is a conspicuous example of the illogic of logic.