Nossrat Peseschkian #choosepsychiatry


(June 18, 1933 – April 27, 2010)

By Manije Peseschkian – Familie Peseschkian, CC BY-SA 3.0

Dr. Nossrat Peseschkian was a psychiatrist who is most recognised for his development of positive psychotherapy. He was born in Iran and moved to Germany where he completed his medical studies.

So what is positive psychotherapy? To quote from the World Association of Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy website

It can be described as a humanistic Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, which is based on a positive conception of human nature

Furthermore, three principles are identified

  • The Principle of Hope
  • The Principle of Balance
  • The Principle of Consultation

This is explained in more detail on the website. The chronology of events in the development of positive psychotherapy is charted here. Positive psychotherapy has subsequently been introduced around the world, Pesekschkian published many books and these were translated into numerous languages. A large number of practitioners have been trained.

What is clear is that Peseschkian developed a new form of therapy and he collaborated with others and created a global structure to take forwards his work for the benefits of those receiving psychotherapy. His accomplishments were quite extraordinary.

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