International Psychologist Visits Positive Psychology Course

International Psychologist Visits Positive Psychology Program

The Positive Psychology program hosted international speaker Dr. Ilona Boniwell for a Positive Psychology workshop during Core Course Week.

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Dr. Boniwell is a highly respected psychologist in her field, who founded the European Network of Positive Psychology, organized the first European Congress of Positive Psychology, and was the first vice-chair of the International Positive Psychology Association. She founded the first Masters in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) in Europe at the University of East London. Dr. Boniwell has written multiple books and scientific articles, including one of the textbooks used for the DIS Positive Psychology core course. Currently she teaches, researches, and consults in the field.

The workshop consisted of two parts. First, students discussed and took part in exercises on the concepts of ‘hedonia,’ happiness related to pleasure and satisfaction, and ‘eudaimonia,’ happiness related to growth and striving. The second part of the workshop consisted of the latest research on the negative and challenging aspects of positive psychology, such as the assumption that positive experiences “are always good” and that negative experiences are “always detrimental.” Students also explored ‘defensive pessimism,’ where individuals advantageously use the negative emotion of anxiety to actually help their performance.

This workshop provided an exciting start to Core Course Week, sparking discussion of current perspectives in the field as well as bringing awareness of challenges and opportunities within positive psychology.

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