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What is the purpose of psychology?

I have become impatient with psychology that focuses on human misery, shame, conflict, hostility. Instead of placing the emphasis on disease, let's place it on health. Let's focus on human needs and the human potential instead.

The goal of psychology, in my view, is to find a richer way in which we think about ourselves. Self-actualization -- the need to achieve one's full potential -- is a fundamental fact of human nature. I believe we, as psychologists, should help individuals attain self-actualization.

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