Abraham Maslow, His Theory & Contribution to Psychology

Abraham Maslow is one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century. His biggest contributions to psychology were his contributions to humanistic psychology as well as his development of the hierarchy of needs. Maslow’s career in psychology greatly predated the modern
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Adam Grant’s Give and Take: 8 Insights on Success and Generosity

Adam Grant is known as being the most popular full-time professor at the Wharton School. His popularity has gone far beyond educational institutions, as he managed to win accolades from Business Week and even Malcolm Gladwell. Apart from being one of the best writers and sociologists
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How Catherine Bell Is Making People Smile Again At Work Using The Positive Psychology Toolkit

7 days ago, I got a heart-warming email from our toolkit member Catherine. It brought tears to my eyes. Why? Because I’m mostly sitting behind my laptop (and so is Hugo, the main developer of the toolkit), having no idea what kind of impact we’re making in the real world w
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Jonathan Haidt: The Contributions of a Moral Psychologist and Rider of Elephants

“The image that I came up with for myself, as I marveled at my weakness, was that I was a rider on the back of an elephant. I’m holding the reins in my hands, and by pulling one way or the other I can tell the elephant to turn, to stop, or to go. I can direct things, but only when the
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Christopher Peterson: “Other People Matter”

18th February 1950 – 9th October 2012 “Chris’s favourite saying  was “other people matter‘ … that is how he lived his life” – Martin Seligman at Christopher Peterson Memorial.  This article contains: Background Research on Character Stre
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8 Ways To Create Flow According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Here’s a
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Who is Martin Seligman and What Does He Do?

Martin Seligman is often called the “father of positive psychology“. He was born on August 12, 1942 in Albany, New York. Seligman used to be the director of the clinical training program of the university of Pennsylvania for 14 years. His work mostly regards the topics of
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Albert Bandura: Self Efficacy for Agentic Positive Psychology

Albert Bandura, aged 91, is one of the most well renowned living psychologists in the field of psychology, as well one of the most cited (Haggbloom et al., 2002). Throughout his career he has made significant contributions to all branches of psychology including social cognitive theor
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Carol Dweck: The Woman Behind The Motivational Mindset Breakthrough

What is the determining factor that leads people to become successful? Is it merely hard work or is it being intellectually superior or talented in certain areas? According to the world-renowned author and professor Carol Dweck, it has more to do with an individual’s mindset or belief
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Alex Linley: Strength Finder and Social Entrepreneur

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 ambi
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Philip Zimbardo

Philip Zimbardo: The Hero of Evil

No study of psychology would be complete without the teachings of Philip Zimbardo. In addition to his status as a professor emeritus at Stanford University, he has served as president of the American Psychological Association, published more than 50 books (including the oldest activel
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Daniel Gilbert: The Expert on Predicting Happiness

Daniel Gilbert is a Harvard psychologist, professor, and author of New York Time’s bestselling book Stumbling on Happiness. His book has been translated into more than 30 languages, and his TED talk has received more than 16 million views.  What makes Gilbert’s research so
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The 5 Founding Fathers and A History of Positive Psychology

After the Second World War, the focus of psychology was on treating abnormal behaviors and the resulting mental illnesses. Dissatisfied with this approach, humanist psychologists, such as Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Eric Fromm helped renew interest in the more positive aspects of
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Barbara Fredrickson Talks Science, Emotions, and Her New Course

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D, is a leading scholar in the fields of social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology. She recently released an online course, which teaches findings from positive psychology research, along with their practical applications. We reached out to
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