‘Positive psychotherapy’ according to Seligman and ‘Positive Psychotherapy’ according to Peseschkian: A Comparison



‘Positive psychotherapy’ (Seligman, Rashid & Parks, 2006) is an upcoming new approach and spreading into different branches of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy. It evolved from Seligman’s Positive Psychology interventions. Both of these terms are used fairly interchangeably in the world of ‘Positive Psychology’ by researchers working in the field of divisions and aspects of Clinical Psychology. The terminology of “Positive Psychotherapy” is also known in a different context as an intervention founded by Nossrat Peseschkian in 1977: thus this term designates two significantly different approaches.

In other words, it can be stated that one single term has been used for two different methods. Efforts have been made by the World Association of Positive Psychotherapy (WAPP) towards the clinical branch of Positive Psychology to convince them to use a different term for their application in psychotherapy in order to have a better differentiation, since the term Positive Psychotherapy has been used for decades by Peseschkian’s approach. However, no agreement has been achieved.


EAP’s 22nd Congress

Dear colleagues, it is a great honor to invite you to the Congress of European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) which is taking place in Zagreb, Croatia, from September 30th to October 1st, 2016. The theme of the Congress is “Autonomy and a Sense of Belonging”. The Association of Psychotherapy Societies of Croatia (SPUH) is responsible […]