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The official release: 20 January 2023

DOI: 10.52982/197705

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Dear Readers!

A new year, 2023, has dawned in which the world has entered with fear, pain, and hope. War, violence, and brutality reign supreme on the planet, and the world must transform itself to avoid ultimate destruction. In this difficult and uncertain environment, humanity will have to learn to live with and meet the challenges that come.

What can we as Positive psychotherapists do today for ourselves, for other people, for society and for humanity? We can continue to live our lives, continue to do our work, continue to engage in people’s mental health, strengthen and develop ourselves and our patients.

Our journal is a contribution of Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy after N. Peseschkian to human mental health and the psychological study of the individual and society:

– it is the search for solutions for the healing and wellness of human beings and humanity as a whole;

– it is the development of psychological and psychotherapeutic science;

– it is a transcultural reflection;

– it is the proposal of specific ways and techniques for the development of the method;

– it is promotion of the method of Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy after N. Peseshkian among other branches of psychotherapeutic knowledge;

– it is an increase of the base of scientific evidence for the reliability of the PPT method.

The team of authors, editors, and reviewers of the PPT journal “The Global Psychotherapist” have joined forces to create a new issue. This is the fifth anniversary edition of the JGP. In spite of all the difficulties, this time our journal features 18 original articles, one translated article from Nossrat Peseshkian, and two book reviews.

The journal has a strong presence of scientific research. Aleksandra Zarek used the WIPPF 2.0 questionnaire as a measurement tool for a descriptive analysis of the psychological attributes of Polish students. Ali Eryilmaz substantiated a theoretical concept on the use of the Trust-PHAL method for resolving actual conflict in five steps with five capacities. Maria Fadljevic et al. presented a study of a post-cardiac psychological intervention integrated into standard therapeutic care in the form of a structured conversation with a bio-psychosocial model to improve the psychological quality of life of the cardiac patient. Theodore A. Cope conducted a theoretical comparative analysis of the scientific approaches of the philosopher Xavier Zubari and the creator of Positive Psychotherapy, Nossrat Peseschkian. Iia Gordienko-Mitrofanova and co-authors in their article continue to develop the theme of integrating Positive Psychotherapy and the concept of 7C-playfulness. Aikaterini Ourania Prifti and Gabriela Hum explored approaches to conflicts in the hospitality industry through the lens of Positive Psychotherapy.

In this issue we open a new thematic section “Transcultural Reflections” with an article by the founding father of the PPT method, N. Peseschkian, about the Massai tribe, explaining why psychotherapy should be transcultural. Our colleague from Kazakhstan, Aizhan Adilbayeva, continues the transcultural reflection by exploring the Kazakh mentality through the prism of PPT.

The section “PPT Training” is traditionally covered by important reflections and recommendations by Arno Remmers. In this issue, he discusses transference and countertransference. Roman Ciesielski continues the topic of training with an article about the integrative model of group supervision in Positive Psychotherapy. Jean-Marie A. Bottequin offers us the “Stop-Act Impro theatre” technique for training and describes its application in detail. Ganna Naydonova and Iryna Uninets illustrate parables as a transcultural tool for working with parents of children with developmental disabilities.

The section “Modern PPT Practice” features an extremely relevant article by Patricia Badecka on the possibilities of Positive Psychotherapy in supporting the development of post-traumatic growth. Enver Cesko discusses the four aspects of the quality of life, the Balance model and sexual disorders in his article. Ekaterina Dokunova explores self-destructive and self-harming behavior in the ways of PPT. And Veronika Ivanova tells seven stories that a child clinical psychologist can use.

An extremely important topic is raised by our colleagues Alfred Nela and Etion Parruca in the “Special Articles” section. The authors did a systematic review of the literature on the topic of social media disinformation and fake news, and its impact on current abilities and psychological well-being during a worldwide pandemic. In the same section, Klaudia Kolenda-Sujecka describes the role of storytelling in psychotherapy from a neuroscience perspective.

Igor Olenichenko from Ukraine presents a case study on working with an evacuated depressed client using religious metaphors.

And finally, in the book reviews section, we have reviews by Serhii Sheremeta on Lynn Rossy’s book ” Savor Every Bite: Mindful Ways to Eat, Love Your Body, and Live with Joy” and by Mamuka Badridze on Irvin Yalom’s book “The Schopenhauer Cure”.

We are immensely grateful to everyone who participated in this issue! The authors, editorial board, reviewers, and language and technical editors have done a tremendous job in creating this issue. We hope that readers will find important knowledge in this issue and will be able to apply it in their practice.

Read, enjoy reading, develop and improve Positive Psychotherapy!

With best wishes,

The Editorial Board of the PPT Journal

“The Global Psychotherapist”, Volume 3, Number 1, January 2023