POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICE OF PSYCHOLOGY?
Papeles del Psicólogo. 2014;35(2):144-158
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: English, Spanish
Full-text formats available: PDF
Julio Alfonso Piña López (Programa de Salud Institucional. Universidad de Sonora, México)
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.