DOD’s Positive Psychology Plan

A recent article by a Psychotherapist named Belleruth Naparstek entitled More Troops, More Rotations, More PTSD: Will Positive Psychology Save Our Soldiers? on the popular Huffington Post site, discusses the Department of Defenses new Positive Psychology plan, and brings up some interesting points.

What is Positive Psychology?

Positive Psychology focuses on things like authenticity, productivity, creativity, altruism, gratitude and connection with community, instead of targeting symptoms and pathology. The idea is to build on strengths. So you do things like write down 3 things that went well each day and try to assess why. You identify and ponder personal strengths and see how they can contribute to the Whole.

The hope is that by increasing the soldiers self-esteem and positive outlook prior to deployment, it will help to decrease their chances of suffering from PTSD when they return.

So what research is there to support this new program? There isn’t any supporting this usage. However, the DOD is spending $120 million to launch this new program.

The article also mentions the fact that EMDR did not make the VA’s list of approved treatments despite its being well researched and effective.

To read the entire article, click here.

Please comment below to let us know what your thoughts are regarding this new Positive Psychology program. Do you think it will be effective in preventing PTSD?

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One thought on “DOD’s Positive Psychology Plan

  1. It may be that this ‘training’ will in fact backfire. Assuming they’ve been strengthened by positive psychology, soldiers who then go on to suffer trauma, in their mental and emotional agonies, may use the fact of their ’training’ as ‘proof’ of their weakness.

    In other words, it may indeed enhance hopelessness in the soldier.

    Positive psychology was not created to address crisis issues.

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