3 Pillars Of Positive Psychology & FLOW Coaching Approach

3 Pillars Of Positive Psychology & FLOW Coaching Approach

Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Talyaa Vardar, MA, FCPC, MCC
Executive Coach, Psychologist & Art Therapist

FLOW Coaching Methodology and Curriculum has it’s foundation majorly on Positive Psychology and FLOW model; It Includes Solution Focused Psychology and Brain Science alongside with Creative Therapies such as Expressive Arts Therapy.

Positive Psychology is a framework for understanding happiness in everyday life. The history of Positive Psychology has roots tracing back to the early 1900s, in an address to the American Psychological Association where William James challenged his peers to question why some people live fully engaged lives and others don’t.

However, it wasn’t until 1998 that Positive Psychology became a scientific area of study. Now considered the founding father of positive psychology, Martin Seligman clearly drew a line between the disease model of early psychologists and the positive model we understand today. For years, traditional psychology had further studied the human psyche and classified groups of behaviors and attitudes into illnesses, diseases, or disorders.

 Unlike traditional psychology, Positive Psychology shifted the focus to “what works” “what can work better” instead of “what goes wrong” or “what’s broken.” Christopher Peterson, a co-author with Seligman and professor at the University of Michigan, defined three pillars of Positive Psychology as

  • Contentment with the past,
  • Happiness in the present,
  • Optimism for the future.

Through FLOW Coaching Certification programs, our students gain a thorough understanding and build a practice to coach through these three pillars. A Flow Coach helps their clients to perceive their past as a resource to learn from while co-creating their desired future with grounded optimism where the flow is abundant in many aspects of their lives mentally, emotionally, relationally, spiritually, culturally and lastly spiritually.

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