A qualitative exploration of positive psychology concepts in the film Wadjda and implications for future research

Deb, Amrita (2016) A qualitative exploration of positive psychology concepts in the film Wadjda and implications for future research. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26 (6). pp. 521-532. ISSN 1091-1359

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Positive psychology has often used both fictional and nonfictional examples to describe positive traits and outcomes. However, a film’s contribution to understanding of experiences has been rather underresearched in positive psychology literature. Although researchers in areas including journalism and film studies have conducted such investigations over the years, positive psychologists are yet to pursue this actively. This article is an attempt to explore positive psychology concepts displayed in the film Wadjda through thematic analysis. The film is about the life of an ordinary girl who displays positive outcomes under circumstances that might have overwhelmed others. This article focuses on the journey of the characters in the film and attempts to identify positive psychology features in the story. Although all characters portrayed in the film are shown to be undergoing some challenge, they are depicted as handling their life circumstances in a healthy manner. The story radiates positivity and fits Niemiec’s criteria of a positive psychology film. The article concludes by highlighting the need to conduct research on positive psychology films and its application in different areas.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cinematherapy, happiness in films, positive emotions in films, positive psychology film, resilience in films
Subjects: Social sciences > Asian Studies
Arts > Liberal arts
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2015 11:35
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 10:24
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/2039
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/10911359.2015.1091245
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1091-1359/
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