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Contribution of Positive Psychology to Coaching Psychology

Positive Psychology came to life, you could say, at Martin Seligman’s APA Presidential address in 1988, even if these ideas have been present from the very foundations of modern psychology. In 2005 Seligman reported the first experimental evidence of the impact of positive psychology interventions.

As part of our application process, we will ask you to compete the Values in Action (VIA) survey. You will in effect be completing his Identifying signature strengths Intervention. Compare your experience of it to what he found.  Having done this you could also replicate another of his interventions: Using signature strengths in a new way. Read the article for instructions.

Linda Boilier and her colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of positive psychology interventions, and found evidence for their impact. Pay attention to those who were conducted with general members of the public, as it is them, rather than those with mental health problems, who are the focus of this masters.

Coaching introduces a framework for change, a focus on the present and the future, rather than the past. In essence, coaching is the science and art of facilitating another to self-guide themselves towards an outcome. Elaine Cox makes an interesting link between andragogy and coaching.  Andragogy being when adults use  their experience and prior learning as resources and transform them into new learnings in a self-directed approach.

An interesting implication of this idea is the question of when are adults in a good place to be able to transform themselves through learning processes,  and so able to benefit from coaching.  And when used, it does work.  Tim Threeboom and his colleagues conducted a meta-analysis on coaching outcomes, and found them to be effective, particularly goal directed self-regulation.

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