RCASA’s Thursday Art Therapy Blog: Positive Psychology and Creativity

In Advocacy, Art therapy, Outreach on July 15, 2010 at 8:00 am

Medical fields have a tendency to focus on weaknesses and pathologies, in other words, whats wrong with people. Other field s of thought hone in on individual strengths as tools for healing and recovery. Fields of thought such as Positive Psychology (Seligman) and other strengths-based approaches suggest that focusing on whats right with people may offer a source of wellness. Art Therapists Gioia Chilton and Rebecca Wilkinson have woven these ideas into art therapy, finding ways to create that bring out the positive aspects of the artist (http://potomacarttherapyassociation.blogspot.com/2010/03/art-of-happiness-positive-psychology.html). These ideas have included making symbols of ones personal strengths and visualizing hopes and dreams in order to create art about them. They recommend a great website to assess personal strengths, your level of happiness, and other factors related to positive psychology, which can be found at : http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/questionnaires.aspx .This website offers multiple questionnaires related to positive traits which may help you assess yourself with research-based resources and without cost (the questionnaires are free, all you have to do is create a username and password). Using these instruments can be great ways to learn more about yourself, know your strengths, and create!

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