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Alex Linley is the founder of the Center of Applied Positive Psychology, also known as CAPP, which focuses on spreading the word about strengths and their role in the field of positive psychology.
Psychologist and Social Entrepreneur
Alex Linley brings a lot to the table with his ambitious project of incorporating his brand of psychology into schools, businesses, and other organizations. With a background in social business, he earned his PhD. in Psychology at the University of Warwick, bringing these qualifications and experience to the founding of his organization.
CAPP is a non-profit with the sole purpose of “Strengthening the World” through teaching psychology principles applicable to everyday life and business strategy.
Linley has written countless psychology research papers, book contributions, as well as four of his own books, before developing his Positive Psychology Classes. With his credentials and accolades, Alex has expertly crafted a Strengths Book and developed subsequent teachings based upon it.
Inner Strength, Outer Calm
What his “strengths approach to psychology” teaches is something like a living philosophy with a strong basis in reality, rather than in platitudes. In the Strengths Book, Alex Linley talks about different strengths and how they relate to personal bonds, professional relationships, and the balance of these things. Its goal is to help you identify all of your strengths without neglecting others.
This is the core of Positive Psychology: knowing your strengths, learning how to use them, and realizing your full potential. There are plenty of books out there that touch upon this familiar advice, but in Linley’s version, he ties these tenets together with real science based on his own psychological expertise.
Armed with Confidence
When you apply yourself to take advantage of your own strengths, you will: live happier, waver less on important decisions, be a positive impact on others and your environment, experience less stress, bounce back from adversity faster, advance in your professional life faster, and feel much more fulfilled.
Average to A+
For more information, a second must-read is his book Average to A+ in which he further elaborates on the strengths approach and offers more tools to help you identify and maximize strengths in yourself and others.