The Implications of Positive Psychology on Psychotherapy. Noam Segal. Introduction.
The Implications of Positive Psychology on Psychotherapy
The history of mental illnesses and the treatment for them is a long one, dating back to the days of the ancient Egyptians up to modern day psychotherapy. Throughout the centuries and decades that have past the very essence of therapy has begun to shift dramatically towards positive forms of therapy, new ways to help the individual not only heal and cope, but also master his strengths to live a life of well being, happiness and contentment. In my work, I aimed to present this evolution of Psychological therapy, a process which began not too long ago and yet could dramatically transform the whole therapeutic field forever. This is the story of Positive Therapy.
From the deserts of ancient Egypt to the castles of Medieval Europe, man has wondered what is the nature of mental illness and how to treat it
The Mental Disorder
The mental disorder was viewed as anything from the disintegration of the relationship between man and god, split of the spirit and soul, the self and the body or devils and demons possessing us into a state of madness
End of 20th Century
Early 20th Century
Classical Psychotherapy emerges with the works of Sigmund Freud and so begins the Psychodynamic Era, investigating the mind and behavior and treating human mental illness and disease for the first time
Mid 20th Century
Late 20th Century – The Positive Shift Begins