Positive Clinical Psychology: an Introduction

Alex M. Wood, Judith Johnson

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the development of Positive Clinical Psychology (PCP) and the empirical and theoretical evidence as to why the movement is needed. PCP aims to address the separatist criticism of positive psychology and redress any imbalanced focus on either the positive or negative in both positive and clinical psychologies in order to promote a more fully integrative field of psychology. 

The critical narrative around the positive psychology movement often seems to be dominated by concerns of separatism, with positive research and interventions sometimes seen to be developing in isolation from the wider literature. The chapter also presents an overview of the book in five parts, which includes the argument for PCP, such as developing a positive clinical psychology, personality and individual differences, disorders, positive psychology interventions in clinical practice, and reinterpreting existing therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology
EditorsAlex M Wood, Judith Johnson
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781118468197
ISBN (Print)9781118468241
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical practice interventions
  • Positive clinical psychology
  • Separatism


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