A New Study Focuses on the Traits Essential for Flourishing

“Most of the history of psychotherapy is focusing on symptoms and removing negative things like depression and anxiety, while kind of neglecting the positive stuff,” Jesse Owen explains. “There’s a movement now to focus more on positivity. A great way to kick-start this, we believe, is through promoting things like gratitude, humility and forgiveness in people to try to increase those types of character strengths or virtues in order for people to get to flourishing.” The team will incorporate these values in their work with patients and with therapists. They also plan to incorporate advanced new technology in therapy sessions to see if gratitude, humility and forgiveness can make a meaningful impact.


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