This key note will share early work being undertaken by Scott Tower and Piers Worth, supported by Carmel Proctor in exploring the links and synergy between ‘positive psychology’ and a specialized lineage within Chinese medicine called ‘Virtue Healing’ and its potential contribution to our practice, including ‘meaning making’.
The work recognises that ‘virtues’ had a primary place in early positive psychology theory, yet the possible contribution may have been under-developed. By exploring a link with ‘Virtue Healing’, we see how the presence of virtues may be developed and a potentially powerful connection with ‘second wave positive psychology’. The link offers two profound perspectives: the inter-connected nature of our personal and social world, and how our ‘negative’ emotions may point towards a specific direction of development and healing. Both of these have the potential, individually or together, to contribute to our meaning-making.
(Scott Tower is one of the world’s leading Chinese medicine practitioners and is collaborating with Piers and contributing to the development of this theory and practice.)”