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Title: The imperative of happiness in positive psychology: Towards a psychopolitics of wellbeing
Author: Romaní Rivera, Alex  
Gálvez Mozo, Ana  
Tirado, Francisco  
Citation: Rivera, A. R. [Alex], Gálvez-Mozo, A. [Ana] & Tirado-Serrano, F. [Francisco]. (2024). The imperative of happiness in positive psychology: Towards a psychopolitics of wellbeing. New Ideas in Psychology, 72, 101058. doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2023.101058
Abstract: Positive Psychology has reconstructed how we understand happiness. The practices and discourses it presents to perform that reconceptualization appear as if free from political interest or intentionality. However, this article will show that its proposals define a subtle new form of government which we will call Psychopolitics. Instead of placing the population or the body of the citizen at the centre of political struggles, it focuses on the psyche. Through an extreme defence of positive emotions and happiness as the key to a good life, Positive Psychology promotes a type of friendly power relations, which instead of punishing motivates and empowers the individual's creativity. To illustrate all of this, we conducted a case study with a Positive Psychology training course taught in a Spanish state university. Content analysis was used to explain the recurring themes and practices of this new discipline of positivity, showing how health is redefined around the happiness axis, and how happiness becomes an individual responsibility. We conclude that all these dimensions are simply a categorical definition of a new type of power relations which may characterise the 21st century.
Keywords: psychopolitics
positive psychology
emotional capitalism
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Issue Date: 2-Jan-2024
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