Successful Tested Applications
Positive psychology and one-to-one practices
‘A new kid on the block’, coaching is a natural ally of positive psychology. It is a relatively new phenomenon, which has exploded in popularity since the 1980s (Kauffman & Secular, 2004 ). Starting out as executive coaching, focused on high flyers whose companies could afford to pay for their development, it is now available for everyone (not only those who are already wealthy and successful) under the name of ‘life coaching’. Coaching aims to produce fast personality changes through the setting and acquisition of goals. It is explicitly concerned with the promotion of well-being and performance (Palmer & Whybrow, 2005 ), something that positive psychology takes an active interest in. Despite similarities in the name, executive and life coaching have little to do with sport coaching, aimed at training professional sports people.
ln recent years, a highly successful partnership has been formed between coaching and positive psychology. Coaching benefits from positive psychology, because the latter offers a much needed theoretical research base. Positive psychology, on the other hand, finds that coaching can serve as a good soundboard to its scholarly ideas.
Positive Psychology Coaching
What, then, is positive psychology coaching? Positive psychology coaching (PPC) is a scientifically rooted approach to helping clients increase well-being, enhance and apply strengths, improve performance, and achieve valued goals. At the core of PPC is a belief in the power of science to elucidate the best approaches for positively transforming clients lives, through reliance on the use of standardized assessment and validated interventions. Similar to co-active coaching and person centered therapy, the PPC orientation suggests that the coach view the client as ‘whole’, and that the coach focus on strengths, positive behaviours and purpose. These, in turn, are used as building blocks and leverage points for coachees development and performance improvement. Put simply, PPC aims to identify assets and capabilities, find out what is going well in order to build on it, and increase positive performance and well-being. (Kauffman et al., 2009)
Source: Positive Psychology in a Nutshell