27 April 2012

CONTROL THE ENEMIES OF POSITIVE AGEING

Positive psychologist Seligman has discussed many features of positive psychology. Positive ageing should be understood in the light of the important premise of positive psychology, the premise is - human beings possess strengths and resources that can be used as buffers against challenges or realities of life. The specific strengths according to Seligman are : “courage, future mindedness, optimism, inter personal skill, faith, work ethic, hope, honesty, perseverance and capacity for flow and insight---“. These individual traits of personality, values, attitudes and beliefs are the sources of coping with the ageing process. The resources are psychological or intrinsic and external resources are medical care , housing, occupation, social security etc. With positive attitude it is possible for elderly to modify his own ageing experience. To cultivate positive attitude aged person should first control over the enemies. The enemies are : Rigidity, negativity, worry, self- absorption, regret.

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