Positive Psychology and old age Psychology. Theoretical Intersections

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Enrique Lombardo (2015)
  • Publisher: Universidad de Palermo
  • Journal: Psicodebate (issn: 1515-2251, eissn: 2451-6600)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.18682/pd.v13i0.361
  • Subject: capital psíquico | bienestar psicológico | regulación emocional | psicología positiva | vejez | Psychology | BF1-990

<div class="page" title="Page 2"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p><span>This article is a theoretical review of developments and research of the posi- tive psychology and of the psychology of aging. Some concepts that are in that intersection are: psychic capital, strengths, psychological wellbeing and emo- tional regulation. In all the cases they are positive psychic factors associated to the successful aging. Since the end of the 20th century, within the psychology of aging has been developing and achieved fundamental transformations in term of theoretical bases in which it leans on. One of these transformations arises of its encounter with the positive Psychology, of recent appearance too. </span></p><p><span>The theoretical work in this field is of interest because from a classic perspec- </span><span>tive, from a biological view, aging is regarded as the decline in physical and psychic strengths and, therefore, the loss of those features and positive qualities that were fundamental during the youthful and mature life. Old age would be marked by a deterioration, fragility and loss of progressive selfregulation of the individual person. This view lead to ignoring clearly positive aspects of old the age such as the gathering experience or the greater availability of free time that would allow elderly people to search for ways of personal realization, among others. Of the journey for the different concepts in those that positive psychology </span><span>and gerontology go being defined a group of characteristic of what we can call the psychic aging. In the first place a change appears in the perspective about </span><span>what this process implies. Aging is not seen as a relentless and universal process of decline, but rather besides a great variability, it presents different aspects in those that we see the development of potentialities and resources that were not present in other ages. </span></p></div></div></div>
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