Second wave positive psychology
An appreciation of the dialectical nature of wellbeing
Second wave positive psychology is a new movement within positive psychology which focuses on the dialectical nature of wellbeing.
It is based upon four dialectical principles...
It is difficult to judge phenomena as good or bad unless they are considered in context
Many phenomena are a complex blend of light and dark elements
Most phenomena are comprised of polarities that are conceptually co-dependent
Phenomena evolve through a process of thesis-antithesis-synthesis
Second wave publications
Lomas, T. (2018). The quiet virtues of sadness: A selective theoretical and interpretative appreciation of its potential contribution to wellbeing. New Ideas in Psychology, 49(18-26). doi: 10.1016/j.newideapsych.2018.01.002
Lomas, T. (2017). A re-appraisal of boredom: A case study in second wave positive psychology. In N. J. L. Brown, T. Lomas & F. Eiroa-Orosa (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology (pp. 213-226). New York: Routledge.
Lomas, T. (2016). The art of second wave positive psychology: Harnessing Zen aesthetics to explore the dialectics of flourishing. International Journal of Wellbeing, 6(2), 14-29. doi: 10.5502/ijw.v6i2.2
Lomas, T. (2015). Wellbeings: Suffering, compassion, and interconnectedness. In I. Ivtzan, T. Lomas, K. Hefferon & P. Worth (Eds.), Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life (pp. 134-152). London: Routledge.