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The Value of an Insight

In the process of researching so much about positive psychology, certain pattens from the past start to make so much sense. Ideas such as growth mindset, broaden and build, and the experience of flow adds a theoretical framework to design a life. How have the insights you’ve experienced in the past year helping you reach that next big insight vista point? 

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The Magic of Balance

In many positive psychology studies on self-theories, having a fixed mindset is definitely the less desirable of the two options. Growth mindset gets all the glory. However, too much growth mindset without ever shifting into a performance zone, leads to a path of inaction, hesitancy, and endless preparation. Optimal performance requires a balance between both growth and fixed, learning and performance.  What’s your optimal balance point? 

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The Cost of Staying in a Performance Zone

Staying in a performance zone creates an artificial limit on growth. The stress from always having to win adds pressure that stymies creativity. The long-term cost of using the fear of failure as a short-term performance boost shows up over time. The performance pressure path leads to burnout, fear, anger, perhaps one could say the dark side. Where in your life do you want to dial back the pressure of the performance zone? 

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The PERMA-Profiler

[007 Research Review | PERMA Series: 3] What is well-being, really? Since the 1980s, theoretical and empirical research in positive psychology has flourished. Previously, the field of psychology was closely focused on describing and quantifying mental illness - how to identify, measure, and treat psychological maladies. Not until groundbreaking work such as Csikszentmihalyi (1975) and Ryff (1989) did psychology shift its focus to understanding positive human functioning.

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The Mental Health Continuum

[005 Research Review | PERMA Series: 1] A 2002 study by psychologist Corey Keyes clarifies the scope of coaching, the need for coaching, and its possible usefulness. The study quantifies a correlation between flourishing well-being and lowered likelihood of mental illness, and between incomplete well-being and higher likelihood of mental illness.

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