Seligman's Positive Psychology In 'The Fault In Our Stars'

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The reason behind chosen Seligman’s positive psychology is that in dealing with cancer patients, in the real life, the patients usually have the concept of depression as a side-effect of dying, they decide to stay away from any kind of socializing or making new relationships, all the above are the opposite of positive psychology that looks at the things from a positive angle, which suggests the good life they have in dealing with suffers in order to gain the strength. Moreover, in contrasting with Freud’s denial psychology that focuses on denying the concept of dying, and deny the truth or accept the reality as it is. The Fault in Our…show more content…
You’re not a little kid anymore. You need to make friends, get out of the house, and live your life” (Green. J, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012, 7). In her mother’s point of view to attend the support group Hazel’s doctor suggests is one of the ways to have a life and friends, but in Hazel’s point of view it is depressing and worse stage of having cancer ”depressing as hell”(Green. J, The Fault In Our Stars, 2012, 4) as she describes it. The only thing she has to do is to make her parents happy “There is only one thing in this world worse than biting it from cancer when you’re sixteen, and that’s having a kid who bites it from cancer”(Green, J, The Fault In Our Stars, 2012, 8). As a cancer patient, one of the positive psychologies to have some achievements in your life, holding to get what normal people have, love of learning as one of the subcategories of strength in Seligman’s point of view, cancer doesn’t stop Hazel of gaining an education certificate, even if she was diagnosed at the age of thirteen, she has the potential to become achiever,” because I already got my GED. “I am taking classes at MCC”(Green. J, The Fault In Our Stars, 2012, 26). GED stands for a General Educational Development Test equivalent to a high school diploma, MCC is the community college that Hazel attends, as previous mentioned, cancer has a positive psychology that provokes the patient to proceed his/her life as normal as before.
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