How to Use Mental Contrasting to Fulfil Your Wishes

“Positive thinking fools our minds into perceiving that we’ve already attained our goal, slackening our readiness to pursue it.” –Gabriele Oettingen (2014)   “Think Positive”. At some point, someone has probably given you some variation of this popular adage. It is the mott
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Delayed Gratification: A Scientific Perspective on Self-Control

“No matter how bad you are at resisting temptations, there are ways to enhance self-control if you’re motivated to use them.” –Walter Mischel (2014)   If given a choice between receiving 10 dollars today and 100 dollars tomorrow, most of us would likely opt for the latter.
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Dabrowski’s Positive Disintegration: Reach your Unique Personality Ideal

  “[T]here are people, not few in number, in whom, besides the schematically described cycle of life, there arises a sort of ‘sidetrack,’ which after some time may become the ‘main track.'” ~ Kazimierz Dabrowski   How are some people driven towa
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Using Positive CBT with children and adolescents

How to Use Positive CBT On Children and Adolescents

Positive cognitive-behavioral therapy, or Positive CBT, is a strengths-based approach with positive psychology roots. The focus is not on what’s wrong with the client, but on what is right with them. A Positive CBT therapist focuses on building a client’s strengths and use
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Positive Psychotherapy vs CBT

Which works better, Positive Psychotherapy or CBT?

In describing Positive Psychotherapy (PPT) Seligman, Rashid and Parks (2006) posed the following question. “What kind of brain survived the ice ages? The one that assumed the good weather would last, or the one that was strongly biased toward anticipating disaster?” PPT is intended to
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CBT overview

CBT: A (Quick) Overview of Everything You Need to Know

CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy, is one of the most popular forms of therapy in the field of Psychology (Beck & Beck, 2011). You may remember our recent article on Positive CBT, where we break down just how positive psychology is finding its way in this division of psychother
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Positive CBT: The Flip Side of the Coin

Positive Cognitive-behavioral therapy (PCBT) can be defined as a “strengths-based approach” with its roots in positive psychology. Its philosophy is based on the idea that we are capable beings and that we possess abilities within ourselves that influence behavior and our interpretati
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