NLimits, like fear, is often an illusion.— Michael Jordan

Introduction to a new journey

Before taking the course Positive Psychology I was not so sure what to expect. I thought positive psychology was the same as positive thinking. I realized that positive psychology was not about being happy all the time, but focused on developing strengths we already have; our self-efficacy of what is possible from within. I realized that positive psychology shows us how negative emotions can be used to become more resilient; an intrinsic motivation.

An Ah-Ha moment for me was learning about FLOW. I am often losing track of time and focus when I run. It is because I enjoy it while challenging myself without reaching a point of anxiety or total exhaustion. FLOW is exactly that! I was not familiar with the term, but when I started to read about FLOW, I saw how intrinsic motivation could lead a person to emerge into an activity due to the pleasure received.

Related theory

While reading the positive psychology book by Dr. Carr, I came across the theory that best relates to FLOW and how I understand it. The self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985), suggests that people tend to be driven by a need to grow and gain fulfillment. This theory focuses primarily on internal sources of motivation known as intrinsic motivation. This why a person who is enjoying something, tends to lose track of time; it becomes an activity of free-will and a reward unto itself.

An eye-opening experience

The eye-opening experience: positive psychology opened my eyes to a very interesting concept introduced by Albert Bandura (1994), self-efficacy. Self-efficacy beliefs, provide the foundation for human motivation, well-being, and personal accomplishment. It includes learning from failures which can allow us to build resilience. This resilience will help us overcome obstacles through perseverant efforts. In other words, I can describe it as using negative outcomes to fuel a personal desire to succeed.

Thanks to positive psychology, I will now climb that mountain with no hesitation, and no doubt in my mind.— Rod Menendez

About the author: Rod Menendez attained his undergraduate degree from the Chaminade University of Honolulu. He is a US veteran who desires to contribute to the field of psychology. He is currently applying to the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Uniformed Services University (USU) in Maryland. His focus is mental health research.


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