The Application of Positive Psychology in Effective Teaching

  • Yu Lin
  • Yu Jing
  • He Zhifang
  • Li Wuiguo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 269)


Positive psychology seek not how things go wrong, but how things go right. Therefore, it gives a new perspective for the teaching of mental health, especially in higher education. The study was to discuss the effect of positive psychology in the mental health education by elective course teaching in Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 33 undergraduates were given a 12-week elective course teaching, then they were impersonally evaluated by SCL-90 and CMI before and after the teaching. The total points of mental health the after was evidently lower than the before (p < 0.001), which shows there is a obvious raise in the total level of mental health; the points of somatization, compulsion, interpersonal sensitivity, depression, anxiety, and paranoid was lower than before(p < 0.05), which proves there is a raise in six facets. The positive psychology course is good for the raising of the level of mental health, and students can evaluate themselves and face the life positively.


Positive psychology Application Undergraduates Effective teaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Jiangxi UniversityNanchangChina

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