March 14, 2008
The Message of Positive Psychology
To the Editor:
This letter represents the response of 42 students in an undergraduate positive-psychology course to Eric G. Wilson's "In Praise of Melancholy" (The Chronicle Review, January 18). It is a synthesis of the students' written comments.
It seems that Eric Wilson is not fully aware of what positive psychology really is when he erroneously asserts that it is "devoted to finding ways to enhance happiness." The goal of positive psychology is not to create "a brave new