Positive Psychology is a recent field of psychology. It emphasizes the study of positive human functioning, what makes people thrive, what makes life meaningful and the impact of these factors on individual, relational, cultural and global dimensions.
Positive psychology uses “visioning” which is of a future self/ a healthy self. We use positive interventions which are ways of promoting superior/optimal functioning rather than merely alleviating pain or restoring the individual to a previous baseline functioning. We believe that your previous best should be your new baseline. We seek to wake people up to the possible in their lives and teach them how to engage their own intrinsic resources. While a retrospective approach is helpful in identifying old patterns, that is really only relevant in understanding how those patterns may impede or support the future focus.