[Paleopsych] Positive emotions
Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D.
ljohnson at solution-consulting.com
Sun Mar 6 01:25:56 UTC 2005
Lately we have had some discussion about positive emotions (left frontal
lobe activity) vs. negative emotions (limbic system activity).
Fredrickson argues here (and elsewhere) that the positive spectrum of
emotions is related to broader intellect, and the negative ones with a
constricted intellect. Here is a very important article on this topic,
or at least the abstract. If anyone wants a PDF of this, I can provide it.
American Psychologist © 2001 by the American Psychological Association
March 2001 Vol. 56, No. 3, 218-226 For personal use only--not for
The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology
The Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions
Barbara L. Fredrickson
Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social
Research, University of Michigan
In this article, the author describes a new theoretical perspective
on positive emotions and situates this new perspective within the
emerging field of positive psychology. The broaden-and-build theory
posits that experiences of positive emotions broaden people's
momentary thought-action repertoires, which in turn serves to build
their enduring personal resources, ranging from physical and
intellectual resources to social and psychological resources.
Preliminary empirical evidence supporting the broaden-and-build
theory is reviewed, and open empirical questions that remain to be
tested are identified. The theory and findings suggest that the
capacity to experience positive emotions may be a fundamental human
strength central to the study of human flourishing.
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