Aristotelian Ethics In The Nicomachean Ethics

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Aristotle first discussed ethics, virtue, and their relationship to happiness around 340 BC. in The Nicomachean Ethics (trans. 1953). This work, later known as Aristotelian ethics identifies the struggle to come to terms with living a good life. These are questions that have been pursued through the ages and in this essay, I will be investigating the theory behind the identification of my own signature strengths and corresponding virtues as proposed by Seligman and Peterson (2004), touching on the ideas behind the theory of positive psychology (Peterson, 2006). I will examine how these strengths affect my life, briefly contemplate weakness and the ‘shadow’ sides of my attributes, as first described by C.G Jung (1953) and finally, investigate how my strengths might be developed.
Martin Seligman (1998 as cited in Compton & Hoffman, 2013) while president of the American Psychological Association (AMA) reminded psychologists of the following: “Psychology is not just the study of weakness and damage; it is also the study of strength and virtue. Treatment is not just fixing what is broken; it is nurturing what is best within us.” (p. 1). Seligman conceived the term Positive Psychology (Lopez, Teramoto Pedrotti, & Snyder, 2015), a concept with ideas that goes beyond the balance and principle ascribed by Aristotle; aiming to develop individual strength and subscribing to the idea of living a good life, focusing on what is already working with an individual and what is
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