Zeitschrift für Depression und Angst

Zeitschrift für Depression und Angst
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ISSN: 2167-1044


Positive Psychology: Old and New Theoretical Requirement for "Living this Moment"

Carlo Pruneti

Human history is a life coach but we usually listen very little or we do not keep it in mind. Hippocrates, the founding father of Medicine, wrote in his work “Epidemie” in 350 BC(!) some emblematic sentences, by remembering that ‘the biggest mistake we have made today is to separate psyche from soma’. The evolution of the concept of Positive Psychology, starting from the ancient philosophical and existential contributions as the fundamental basis for modern scientific approaches (Mindfulness and Achievement Commitment Therapy) pushing individuals towards selfacceptance and wellbeing is discussed. Finally, a multidimensional approach from the “Positive Psychology philosophy” for diagnosis and treatment is suggested as a useful tool and the value of psychophysiological techniques that can be applied to clinical and general population is highlighted in order to improve individual wellbeing and make people feel healthier and happier.