Transformational psychology

Henry, Jane (2001). Transformational psychology. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 9(2) p. 198.



One would hope that an individual living skilfully would be joyful, wise and compassionate, clear about themselves and others, possessed of good judgement and able to relate effectively in the world. This paper considers what psychology has to say about achieving these desirable qualities. It compares procedures typically advocated by caring professionals (such as reflection, insight and social skill development), and self help (such as positive thinking and modelling success), with strategies suggested by positive psychology (such as social support and physical involvement in intrinsically motivating tasks), and spiritual practice (such as quietening the mind, detachment, surrender and service). The paper advocates a shift from privileging reflective self- awareness to a greater recognition of neglected strategies for achieving skilful living that take greater cognisance of the importance of social, active and contemplative approaches.

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