Psychology has spent nearly a hundred years working on a disease and disorder model, on discovering deficits in human behaviour and trying to repair the damage. The result is that psychologists know very little about healthy and happy functioning.
Positive psychology, still less than a decade old, has finally arrived to study what people can do to be happier, experimentally proving what works and what doesn’t, studying positive emotions, positive traits and institutions.
Not surprisingly the happiness techniques in teaching people “how to be happier”, seem to be far more effective in combatting the “disorders”, such as depression, than ever the traditional ones of teaching people “how not be be unhappy” ever were.
Seeing the negative
With ADHD too much the focus is on the negative, on problems and trying to be normal. Not enough attention is paid to value, purpose, gratitude and strengths. In fact with ADHD clients the findings of positive psychology through a lot of light and offers valuable insight in living a happy ADHD life.
Positive psychology can be very effective for ADHD as the emphasis is on maximising the positive, using signature strengths, embracing gratitude and optimism, and aligning your life with your values.
These scientific insights to happiness inform much of my coaching approach.