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The Science

The Science

Positive Psychology

Research from the field of positive psychology has laid the foundation for the GoStrengths! philosophy and programs. Positive psychology offers a balance to traditional psychology by going on beyond disease and disorder to focus on what is “right” with humanoids.

In the words of Chris Peterson, a pioneer in the field, “The most basic assumption that positive psychology urges is that human goodness and excellence are as authentic as disease, disorder and distress.” Watch the video to learn more.


Research-based Benefits of SEL Programs

landmark review (pdf) of over 213 social and emotional learning interventions including over 270,034 kindergarten through high school students found that those students who receive SEL instruction not only had more positive attitudes about school, they also improved an average of 11 percent on standardized achievement tests compared to students who did not receive such instruction.

SEL Matters

From Surviving to Thriving!

Decrease the Negative

Bad stuff will inevitably happen in life. The skills learned in GoStrengths! won’t teach you how to avoid these challenges; instead, you’ll learn how to cope with them! By increasing your resilience, problem-solving, and emotional intelligence, you’ll have the tools to bounce back from the ups and downs of life.

Positive Psychology

Increase the Positive!

Living a rockin’ life goes far beyond just reducing the bad stuff, humanoid. For true well-being, you need to focus on increasing the good stuff as well. That’s where GoStrengths! comes in. In this community, you can learn how to increase your optimism, social connections, self-confidence, and goal-setting skills.


It’s Time for Prevention!

In the late 1950s, 50 million people contracted smallpox each year. The real tragedy is that a vaccine had been developed 150 years earlier!

Earth is in another dire situation. Many youthlings are stressed and anxious. In fact, 1 in 5 will go through a major episode of depression by 18. Well-being is at risk. What if akin to the smallpox epidemic, a vaccine exists? What if instead of reacting to the problems of youthlings, we could work to prevent them? Watch the video to learn more.


Video References

Albee, G. W. (2005). Call to revolution in the prevention of emotional disorders. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry: An International Journal of Critical Inquiry, 7, 37-44.

American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., text rev.). Washington, DC: Author.

Birmaher, B., Ryan, N. D., Williamson, D. E., & Brent, D. A. (1996). Childhood and adolescent depression: A review of the past 10 years, part I. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 35(11), 1427-1439.

Kazdin, A. E. (2008). Evidence-based treatments and delivery of psychological services: Shifting our emphases to increase impact. Psychological Services, 5(3), 201-215.

Maslow, A. H. (1954). Motivation and personality. New York: Harper.

Pickren, W. E. & Schneider, S. F. [Eds.]. (2005). Psychology and the National Institute of Mental Health: A Historical Analysis of Science, Practice, and Policy. Washington, DC: APA Books.

Seligman, M. E. (2002). Authentic happiness: using the new positive psychology to realize your potential for lasting fulfillment. New York: Free Press.

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