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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (10): 1831-1843.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01831

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Positive psychology interventions: Are they selling old wine in a new bottle?

DUAN Wenjie1(), BU He2   

  1. 1 Department of Sociology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430000, China
    2 Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hongkong, Hongkong, China
  • Received:2017-12-25 Online:2018-10-15 Published:2018-08-27
  • Contact: DUAN Wenjie


Researches on positive psychology intervention is fruitful. Content-level and Mechanism-level are two main perspectives to define positive psychology interventions (PPIs). Strategies adopted in PPIs mainly focus on identifying and using positive strengths, noticing and appreciating positive feelings, training and acquiring positive thoughts, and establishing and maintaining positive relationships. Positive thoughts, positive feelings, positive behaviors, need satisfaction and neural evidences function as the possible active ingredients of PPIs. Features of activity, features of person and features of cultural background play the role as moderators which influence the efficacy and effectiveness of PPIs. Future study should integrate both Content- and Mechanism-level to define PPIs, apply both independent and packed PPIs, and follow effective and cost-effective principles.

Key words: positive psychology, positive psychology intervention, strategy, mechanism