The establishment of the Hellenic Society of Positive Psychology is the direct outcome of two main factors: firstly, it's the product of maturation of the Greek positive emotions' research team and secondly an undertaking encouraged by the recent developments in the field of Positive Psychology.
The positive emotions’ research team was founded in 1998 at the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Greece. The team consisted of doctoral, master and bachelor degree students that shared a common interest in positive emotions and positive psychology, along with the desire to participate in research programs relative to positive psychology variables. Today, after all these years, the members of this team have received their diplomas and they are working as psychologists or researchers in various fields, yet, they still share the same faith that positive psychology can help in the development of new practices as well as in the further progress of Psychology. These brilliant scientists are the core of the Hellenic Society of Positive Psychology.
What is more, during the past 12 years the field of Positive Psychology has flourished and is currently treated with respect by other colleagues. The initial mistrust and critique have given their place to acknowledgment. Positive Psychology’s theories and research results have attracted the attention of many psychologists from different fields in an effort to investigate new applications and interpretative frameworks. Variables, such as psychological resilience, life meaning, life satisfaction, curiosity, «flow», «broadening», subjective happiness, values and well being have emerged through positive psychology studies and are currently investigated in relation to learning, cognitive skills, neuropsychological and psychotherapeutic processes.
In this context, we define our role as to initiate research, applications and theory regarding Positive Psychology in Greece, while on the other hand to contribute to the international arena of research.
Stalikas Anastasios, Ph.D.
President of the Hellenic Society of Positive Psychology