Broaden and Build Theory

Broaden and Build Theory

The Broaden and Build Theory of positive emotions is the brain-child of evolutionary psychologist Barbara Fredrickson 1,2 .The theory describes how the 10 positive emotions of joy, serenity, amusement, awe, pride, gratitude, interest, inspiration, hope, and love are...
Strengths

Strengths

What is a strength? Well it’s something we’re good at isn’t it? Well, yes AND no, a strength is more than just something that we’re good at. A strength can also be carrying out a task that comes naturally to us and at the same time provides us with satisfaction when...
Positive Interventions

Positive Interventions

Positive intervention has always been approached with caution and explanation regarding that actual intent and application. First, positive interventions are not an exclusive substitute for other types of therapy that might benefit from tandem application. Second,...
Positive Emotions

Positive Emotions

Positive Emotions have been extensively studied by evolutionary psychologist Barbara Fredrickson. Their role in the lives of our ancestors, she argues, was one which fuelled survival. The evolutionary benefits of negative emotions in evoking the ‘fight or flight’...
Optimism vs. Pessimism

Optimism vs. Pessimism

Just from looking at the title, you are probably assuming that in the Positive Psychology world optimism is a main-stay in the diet. Yes, optimism does have benefits related to well-being. However, we also know that it can be overdone and that pessimism rightly has a...
Flourishing

Flourishing

This topic, above all others, is the most difficult to explain and to do broad justice to the actual sense of meaning. Why on might ask; simply because flourishing can only be evaluated and described by the individual. In his book Flourish, Dr. Martin Seligman brings...
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