The goals of the Italian Society of Positive Psychology
The Italian Society of Positive Psychology (SIPP) is a non-profit society. Among its activities:
1) It promotes theory and practice in Positive Psychology.
2) It favors and promotes research in Positive Psychology areas, such as:
- identification of human potential and resources
- bio-psycho-social aspects of cognition, emotions and positive experiences
- subjective wellbeing
- self-esteem, creativity, and spirituality
- explanatory styles
- social relationships
- coping abilities
- wellbeing in specific populations.
3) It fosters the dissemination and teaching of theoretical and applied advancements in the field.
4) It provides professionals with training programs and courses.
5) It carries out professional positive psychology intervention for promoting quality of life, psychological wellbeing and health in personal, working, family and social life.
6) It promotes, establishes and keeps scientific relations with scholars or national and international associations pursuing the same goals.
In pursuing these goals, among other things, SIPP organizes and takes part in national and international congresses, conferences, seminars, courses, and meetings, and it may affiliate with similar national and international associations. In addition, it promotes the publication of paper and electronic articles, journals, and books.
In psychology, the study of subjective wellbeing has given rise to the wide-spread and multifaceted movement of Positive Psychology, whose activities have originated from two basic perspectives. The hedonic perspective includes studies that mainly analyze pleasure, considered as purely individual wellbeing, related to positive sensations and emotions. The eudaimonic perspective focuses on the analysis of factors that favor the development and fulfilment of individual potentials and of authentic human nature. It derives from Aristotle's concept of eudaimonia, which takes into account what is useful to the individual, what enriches personality. Eudaimonia comprises individual satisfaction as well as development towards integration with the surrounding world. The term is often considered analogous to "happiness", but its semantic field is much wider: It implies an interaction process and mutual influence between individual and collective wellbeing, so that individual happiness takes place in the social space.