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Background

Background

Positive Psychology & work 

In 2000 Martin Seligman e Mihailyi Csikszentmihailyi gave voice to a field yet unseen: Positive Psychology.

One of the focuses of Positive Psychology is the study of the processes of operating performance: if traditional psychology was concerned above all about what did not work in people's minds, the new Positive Psychology tries to understand what makes the mind work better rather than worse.

Today the field of Positive Psychology is one of the most lively and fruitful in the whole of psychology. Researches in this area go from clinical to cognition, from states of consciousness to child development.

The field of work takes up a lot of space in Positive psychology: it investigates the motivation, growth and what makes people feel good at their work in general.

For Work Positive Psychology it becomes central to understand what determines the well-being of people. Some people think that well-being is linked to their own positive emotions, according to a hedonics perspective. In this perspective it becomes very important to build welcoming and pleasant workplaces. Another perspective ties well-being to the growth of the person. At work both perspectives are fundamental: in fact it is important to build positive work relationships and places, but it is impossible to think of a perpetually pleasant condition at work. Thus the meaningfulness and the intrinsic motivation become very relevant also to the promotion of positive work environments.

Finally, in recent years the ideas of Positive Psychology has not remained the exclusive property of the psychological disciplines, but they have been contaminating the organizational sciences, giving rise to the movement of Positive Organization Scholarship.