An Expansion of Positive Psychology's Explanation of the Full Life: Consideration of the Adlerian Concept of Social Interest

Positive psychology and Adlerian psychology have much in common. Both are encouraging approaches focused on meaning, human strengths, and flourishing. Social interest, commonly defined as a connection with and concern for the welfare of others, is at the foundation of Adlerian psychology and is the barometer of mental health. Until now, positive psychology has not given due consideration to the variable of social interest. This paper explores the ways in which social interest can enrich and expand positive psychology‘s explanation of the full life.

Michelin Hegland
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