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We're a little wary of self-help literature. Even when it doesn't rely on vague palliatives and questionable metaphysics–like the not-so-secret The Secret–it's usually more self-promoting business model than therapeutic regimen. Dr. Phil is exhibit A.But we are intrigued by "positive psychology." It's an emerging academic discipline, taking root in the ivory tower, that's trying to broaden the scope of psychology. See, traditionally psychology, according to this vanguard, has only focused on the pathologies: the things that can go wrong in your mind. Positive psychology is bringing academic rigor to positive habits of the mind.Gretchen Rubin is taking the teachings of positive psychology for a test drive and blogging about it on The Happiness Project.We mentioned positive psychology before here.
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