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FERNANDEZ-RIOS, Luís  and  VILARINO VAZQUEZ, Manuel. History, Research, and Discourse of Positive Psychology: A Critical Approach. Ter Psicol [online]. 2018, vol.36, n.2, pp.123-133. ISSN 0718-4808.

The Positive Psychology (PsP) has reached a great academic, social and bibliographic impact. Nonetheless, this success has been hindered by questioning the originality of some ideas; the scientific approach and the social relevance of the research findings. Likewise, possible risks derived from their interventions and implementations have been suggested. Thus, the objective of the present study is to conduct a critical and constructive reflection about the current situation of PsP. As a conclusion, the PsP must be more rigorous historically through the adoption of a long term perspective; carry out a construction and dissemination of knowledge based on ethic; develop a more realistic discourse within a policy of improving happiness and finally, empirical data that underpin the PsP are used to justify a neoliberal political ideology of happiness.

Keywords : critical positive psychology; culture; happiness; history; long term..

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