Martin Seligman has been an avid promoter within the scientific community for the field of positive psychology. He is quick to remind us that psychology needn’t only focus on the negative – trauma, damage and weakness. It can also embrace strength, authenticity and virtue. Treatment can centre on what is broken as well as nurturing the very best version of ourselves.
Perhaps ‘post traumatic growth’ straddles both approaches. But evidence suggests that experiencing a flow state can help to mend what’s broken. What if we hit the repeat button, throughout life and work. Keeping us afloat, our heads above water. No need to bounce back when we are ahead of the game.
Can these altered states (as Alan Watts suggests), be used to “Cultivate the exceptional.”
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Chartres. This posting was inspired by Stealing Fire, Chapter 4: psychology.