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‘Positive psychology’ student comments on DWP’s nudge-‘test’

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My recent (and still ongoing) series of posts on the fake psychometric ‘test’ being imposed – among various other forms of unreasonable demands that amount to psychological torture – on unemployed benefit claimants continues to reveal yet more darkness at the heart of the DWP. New articles appeared in (at least) the Guardian and the New Statesman on bank holiday Monday, and the duplicity of the DWP and Downing Street’s ‘nudge unit’ become ever clearer.

This ‘test’ was taken – in spite of permission to do so being denied by its owners – from a test of some 250 questions hosted by the VIA Institute in the US, and derives from the ‘positive psychology’ work of Prof Martin Seligman.

Positive psychology appears something of a chequered reputation, not least (in my eyes) because of the association of its key proponent in the ‘enhanced interrogation‘ programme. But it is…

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