The History
Psychology started to become an independent field of study in 1879, when German physician Wilhelm Wundt founded the first laboratory dedicated exclusively to psychological research. Wundt is thus known as the Father of Psychology for his contribution. 

Since then, psychology has had a rocky history of shifting its foci on the good and bad aspects of life. Before World War II in 1945, psychology had three distinct missions: curing mental illness, making the lives of all people more productive and fulfilling, and identifying and nurturing high talent. But after the war, the latter two received much less attention. Curing mental illness became the primary and almost the entire mission of practitioners and scientists in psychology. 

The turning point happened in 1999: Martin Seligman became the president of the American Psychological Association (APA). He launched as the central theme of his tenure the idea of studying the positive functioning of people, for which Seligman is regarded as the Father of Positive Psychology'. Dating back to the ancient times, Aristotle and other Greek philosophers laid out the groundwork thoughts which positive psychology has drawn from as the foundation of good life and happiness.
In 2009, at the 1st World Congress of Positive Psychology in Philadelphia, Martin Seligman announced the goal of positive psychology: "To increase the percentage of the world population that is considered 'flourishing' from today's 5-33% to 51% by the year 2051." (So, 2009) The research on the concept of flourishing has been predominantly conducted by Cambridge scholars Felicia A. Huppert and Timothy T.C. So. 

As a young psychologist, scholar and coach who was born and raised in the Chinese community, Mr. Timothy T.C. So has a vision to create a more flourishing community among ethnic Chinese, in both his homeland China and overseas. After an inspirational conversation with Martin Seligman, GCPPA was founded and launched officially on February 14th 2010, which was also the 1st day of the Chinese Year Tiger. 

In 2015, GCPPA has made a name change into Global Chinese Psychology Association (GCPA) in order to bring together students, researchers and scholars from different fields of psychology to establish a collaborative psychological community. Consistent with the original vision to create a more flourishing community among ethic Chinese, this reform encourages research and application of psychology from different perspectives with the collective goal to improve general psychological well-being.



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