The old psychology was all about solving problems, treating emotional dysfunctions, and facing conflicts. The psychologist was a “shrink”: someone who helped you boil your woes down to resolvable core issues.
The new psychology is all about expanding, not shrinking. It emphasizes understanding and building on strengths. It seeks to maximize positive experience. The psychologist increasingly is one who helps you bridge the real and ideal and achieve your aims in life. Brett Steenbarger