The power of the positive in the field of Psychology is reshaping the way we think about self improvement.
It postulates, in a nut shell, that we can change our brains and our behaviors by asking “What’s right with us and how can we get more of the things we want in life?”
This difference is in direct contrast to the traditional view of Psychology which focuses on “What’s wrong with us and how do I fix me and you and all that is bad in the world?”
To begin to understand the PPQ applied in any situation, do this deceptively simple exercise:
Bring to mind something that is troubling you. Pick something that is mildly troubling for now so you won’t get caught up in too much emotion.
Now ask and answer the following questions on a piece of paper:
1. What can I be proud of with this situation?
2. What can I be grateful for with this situation?
3. What are the positive and important elements within this situation?
4. What’s important to me about this situation?
5. How does this situation inform me about myself, the other and the issue at hand?
6. Using all of my values (take the survey at www.viasurvey.org) how can I positively affect this situation?
I hope you will take the time to do this exercise; it will give you great insight about yourself and give you a different view about whatever issue you are investigating.
Love and light,