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Poddiakov A.N. Positive psychology and the issue of evil-doing

Full text in Russian: Поддьяков А.Н. Позитивная психология и проблема зла
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

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Attitudes of positive psychology to premeditated doing evil including and its key statement that “negative psychology” pays too much attention to pathology and evil are discussed. It is shown that positive psychologists either really believe that the world is so friendly that its inhabitants do not have any essential bad intents which one should take into account realizing the positive attitude to the world and positive thinking or try to form these beliefs in readers. Such mass positive psychology is possible in a safe society with an important mass strategy of avoiding discussion of serious social troubles and tragedies. In rare and occasional cases of encounter with evil, one is recommended strategies of such internal work with one's own psychological state that is not related to resistance and counteraction to evil-doing. In fact, this position can be immoral in spite of positive psychologists' declarative appeals for altruism and public spirit.

Keywords: positive psychology, the issue of evil-doing


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Humanities, project 10-06-00294а.

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Received 7 February 2011. Date of publication: 14 April 2012.

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Poddiakov Alexander N. Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, Higher School of Economics (National Research University), ul. Myasnitskaya, 20, 101000 Moscow, Russia.
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Poddiakov A.N. Positive psychology and the issue of evil-doing. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2012, No. 2(22), p. 1. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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