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Terapia psicológica

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TARRAGONA, Margarita. Positive Psychology and Constructive Therapies: An Integrative Proposal. Ter Psicol [online]. 2013, vol.31, n.1, pp.115-125. ISSN 0718-4808.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48082013000100011.

Positive psychology studies people's optimal functioning. It uses the scientific method to research positive experiences, traits and institutions. "Constructive therapies" include solution focused, narrative and collaborative therapies. These approaches focus on building upon exceptions to problems, inquire about clients' strengths and resources and are based on the premise that people want to have good relationships and full lives. This article discusses why and how positive psychology and constructive therapies, despite coming from different intellectual traditions, can enrich each other and be integrated in clinical work.

Keywords : positive psychology; narrative therapy; collaborative therapy; solution focused therapy.

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