Positive Psychology is a relatively new field of inquiry that has captured the attention of thousands of researchers, practitioners and students globally as well as in India.
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of positive human functioning and flourishing on multiple levels including the biological, personal, relational, institutional, cultural and global dimensions of life.
However, objectives of Positive Psychology (PP) intermingle to some extent with Indian Psychology (IP) which is originally based on Indian philosophical and spiritual literature.
A core foundational belief shared by Positive psychologists and Indian psychologists is that humans strive to lead meaningful, happy, and good lives. PP and IP share the goal of elevating human condition to the optimum levels of functioning, to overcome suffering and promote the highest forms of well-being.
The perspectives differ in the approach used to address their objectives.
PP primarily measures its constructs with the third person, objective approach whereas, IP uses the first or second person, subjective/ experiential approach. For example, well-being can be investigated in terms of Diener's subjective well-being, Ryff's psychological well-being, Keyes's mental health, Seligman's PERMA model etc. as well as through IP concepts, such as Sat-Chit-Ananda (the highest and most positive inner experience) or conditions related to Gunas, Anasakti, Sukha-Dukha, Niskama karma etc. which affect the well-being.
Indian Psychology may need to develop a stronger empirical basis to support its concepts, in order to be acknowledged by mainstream psychology. Understanding of meaningful, happy and flourishing individuals and communities through both perspectives would enrich our knowledge of human thriving.
The vision of NPPA is to explore the fields of positive psychology constructs globally (West & East especially India) with respect to teaching and research. To achieve our vision, we would like to invite all psychology scholars, social scientists and practitioners to join us. We would also invite other non-governmental organizations, professionals and researchers who are contributing through their research and extension work (outreach programs) to enhance the quality of life of individuals and communities.
Translational research includes application that strives to translate the available scientific knowledge and implement it for better quality of life. Main aim of the present project is to focus on research in applied psychology, especially applied positive psychology translation into real world awareness programmes. It has the goal of more closely connecting the scientific thinking with application based implication with meaningful outcomes.Details
Research on Happiness
Research on Rural Adolescents
Research on Rural Women
Research on Rural Women`s Satsang