Provoking Positive Psychology

 Are you familiar with the work of creativity pioneer Edward De Bono?  De Bono is the inventor of “Lateral Thinking” and I believe he has some exciting ideas to offer to the IPPA conference. De Bono wants to know where new ideas come from and he wants to know how we can generate more of them. He has invented several methods for helping folks see problems in a new way and find solutions that step outside of the conventional frame.

One of De Bono’s most powerful concepts is po.” When you start a sentence with “Po,…” you are letting your listeners know that the next words out of your mouth are intended to provoke new thoughts and discussion.  A “po” proposition doesn't need to be factual, logical, or possible. It’s purpose is to launch your listeners’ minds to a place they haven’t been before. As your listeners work their way back from “out there” to the current reality they discovered a wider variety of powerful, viable new solutions for the problem at hand.

I suggest that here at #IPPA we play with #IPPA.po to tag provocative ideas about expanding our practices and growing the field. For example:

  • #IPPA.po Buddha was a positive psychologist
  • #IPPA.po We could help our clients by asking them to wear less restrictive clothes.
  • #IPPA.po We could help our clients by asking them to wear more restrictive clothes.
  •   #IPPA.po Positive psychology needs more restrictions...

You may be thinking, “Huh?” De Bono’s suggestion is that these PrOvocations are a nice jumping off point for creative ideation...

Try taking of these statements and free associating with it. What do you come up with?  Tweet it to #IPPA.po...

Better yet, write your own provocative tweet and tag it with #IPPA.po...

 

  Good luck!