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REPPOLD, Caroline Tozzi et al. Happiness as a Product: A Critical Look at the Science of Positive Psychology. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.18, n.4, pp. 333-342. ISSN 1677-0471.

Positive Psychology is now a consolidated science and there is much evidence that demonstrates the effectiveness of its interventions on health and well-being. However, the expansion of non-academic PP and the appropriation of its ideals by the media indicate the need for reflection on the consequential validity of studies in the area. From this perspective, the article aims to a) characterize PP and discuss its expansion, considering the incorporation of precepts of PP by the media and the marketing consequences of a self-centered and utilitarian conception of happiness, oblivious to collective demands, b) problematize, in ethical and social terms, the use of positive constructs in non-academic practices and provide evidence that interventions involving positive constructs can have unfavorable effects on people or society when decontextualized, and c) consider epistemological differences of the three waves that characterize the movement and discuss the future of the area.

Palabras clave : positive psychology; happiness; psychological Intervention; evaluation of therapeutic effectiveness; consequential validity.

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