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Advances in Psychological Science    2017, Vol. 25 Issue (2) : 290-297     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.00290
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Constructive conflict and translation of perspective in the positive psychology research
ZHAI Xianliang; GE Lujia
(School of Philosophy and Sociology, Jilin University, Changchun 130012, China)
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Positive psychology has tended to be defined in terms of a concern with positive mental states and qualities. However, excessive focus on positive psychology has contributed to “tyranny of the positive” and imbalance of psychology. Some researchers have begun to criticize and rebel against this phenomenon foundation about “the paradoxical effects of positive” and “the positive psychology of negative thinking”. The conflict between those two different orientations reflects the current predicament of positive psychology, but also provides the foundation for the conversion of horizon as it is constructive. First, a new taxonomy is needed for transforming the perspective of positive psychology. Second, dialectical thinking and contextual variable are also needed to be drawn into the study of positive psychology. Based on these innovations, the future development of positive psychology tends to be balanced, contextual, dialectical and cultural, which tries to understand the complexity of psychological and the wholeness of life.

Keywords positive psychology      constructive confliction      conversion of horizon      dialectical thinking     
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Issue Date: 15 February 2017
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ZHAI Xianliang,GE Lujia. Constructive conflict and translation of perspective in the positive psychology research[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2017, 25(2): 290-297.
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