This chapter attempts to clarify when and where gratitude is apparently negative, with the aim of building a more balanced study of gratitude within psychology. It discusses the positive clinical psychology (PCP), which aims to transform the discipline into one where the understanding and fostering the positive is given equal attention as understanding and reducing the negative. The author aims to extend this approach to gratitude through clarifying the distinctions between the beneficial form of gratitude and its harmful imposter. A harmful gratitude may occur within a context of an objectively abusive relationship, with the victim feeling what they experience as gratitude to the abuser. From a pure philosophical viewpoint, Smilansky describes the nonidentity problem, how gratitude for being alive necessitates gratitude for the whole chain of events that lead to one's existence. The chapter use Aristotle's wider conceptualization of virtue and apply it to contemporary conceptions of gratitude.
|Title of host publication||The Wiley handbook of positive clinical psychology|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Apr 2016|
- Beneficial gratitude
- Harmful gratitude
- Nonidentity problem
- Positive clinical psychology