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Positive Psychotherapy Award

Positive Psychotherapy Award

The Peseschkian Foundation - International Academy of Positive and Cross cultural Psychotherapy has created international awards in the name of Positive Psychotherapy, founded by Prof. Nossrat Peseschkian.

The awards aim to recognize initiatives in favour of world-view of Positive Psychotherapy in service of mankind.


The Positive Psychotherapy involves three principles and nine theses

The three Principles of Positive Psychotherapy.

1. The principle of hope: based on a positive image of mankind in terms of globalized identity.

2. The principle of balance: conflict dynamics and conflict substance in terms of social identity.

3. The priciple of consultation: five steps of therapy and self help in terms of everyday identity. 

Nine Theses for Positive Psychotherapy

1. The principle of „Self Help": The word „positive" in the name Positive Psychotherapy is derived from the word positum, i.e., from what is factual and given. Disorders and conflicts within a patient are not the only things that are factual and given. The patient also brings with him the capacity for dealing with conflicts. Patients not only suffer from the conflicts and disorders they have; they also suffer from the hopelessness which the diagnosis triggers in them. This one-sided view is historically and culturally conditioned. In the framework of PPT, the patient learns to give up his role as a patient and become a therapist for himself as well as for his environment.

2. The Microtrauma Theory: This approach focuses on the conflict contents as well as on the conflict dynamics. Not only the traumatic experiences, which an individual makes, lead to one-sidedness (pathology) but also the sum of everyday hassles. With regard to the content aspect: an inventory of conflict contents was developed, which pertains to the individual. This inventory can also be applied to interaction in the family as well as in society. The conflict contents represent the theoretical basis for the therapeutic Instruments used in PPT.

3. Transcultural Aspects: The transcultural frame of thought is the basis of PPT and Positive Family Therapy. This approach is applied for analyzing the person as a group member and as an individual. Every person is situated in and therefore influenced by the cultural setting where he grew up. In addition, he is also influenced by the specific family he was born into and by many of the individuals he encounters on his way through life. All these interactions contribute to an individual becoming a unique person. This uniqueness can lead to intra- and transcultural problems in dealing with his fellow man.

4. Uniqueness of the Person: The therapy must consider the needs of the patient and be adapted to each patient's uniqueness. Universal Character: Positive Psychotherapy views illness as being more than a mere feature of the individual person. Illness also reflects the quality of relationships within the family and society.

5. Concepts, mythologies, oriental Stories and folk wisdom are applied in specific therapeutic situations, hence including the use of Intuition and Imagination in the therapeutic process. Stories, which can be used as mediators between therapist and patient are an important help. Without attacking or devaluating the patient or his concepts and values directly, we can suggest a change of position to the patient with the help of these tools. This change of position finally allows the patient to see his one-sided concepts in relation to others, to reinterpret them, and put them into perspective through counter-concepts.

6. Positive Family Therapy is a special construct of therapeutic ideas. Although the family stands in the centre of attention, the therapy does not restrict itself to viewing the family as the only therapeutically relevant unit. Rather, it also tries to look at the family members as individuals and in addition considers social factors relevant for treatment. Finally, we encourage our patients to use the tools they acquired in PPT to actively shape their own environment.

7. The terminology of PPT was developed to be comprehensible for everyone, regardless of social class, education, etc.

8. Positive Psychotherapy offers a basic concept for treating all diseases and conflicts.

9. Metatheoretic Aspect: PPT offers a comprehensive concept within which various therapeutical methods and schools can be used to supplement each other.

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