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The role of positive emotions in positive psychology. The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions.
  • B. Fredrickson
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The American psychologist
  • 1 March 2001
TLDR
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. Expand
Objectification Theory: Toward Understanding Women's Lived Experiences and Mental Health Risks
This article offers objectification theory as a framework for understanding the experiential consequences of being female in a culture that sexually objectifies the female body. ObjectificationExpand
What Good Are Positive Emotions?
  • B. Fredrickson
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Review of general psychology : journal of…
  • 1 September 1998
TLDR
A new model is advanced to describe the form and function of a subset of positive emotions, including joy, interest, contentment, and love, that serve to broaden an individual's momentary thought–action repertoire, which in turn has the effect of building that individual's physical, intellectual, and social resources. Expand
The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions.
  • B. Fredrickson
  • Psychology, Environmental Science
  • Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society…
  • 29 September 2004
TLDR
This chapter reviews the latest empirical evidence supporting the broaden-and-build theory and draws out implications the theory holds for optimizing health and well-being. Expand
Positive affect and the complex dynamics of human flourishing.
TLDR
Findings suggest that a set of general mathematical principles may describe the relations between positive affect and human flourishing. Expand
A Mediational Model Linking Self-Objectification, Body Shame, and Disordered Eating
This study tests a mediational model of disordered eating derived from objectification theory (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997). The model proposes that the emotion of body shame mediates theExpand
That swimsuit becomes you: sex differences in self-objectification, restrained eating, and math performance.
TLDR
Two experiments manipulated self-objectification by having participants try on a swimsuit or a sweater and found that self- objectification increased body shame, which in turn predicted restrained eating and diminished math performance for women only. Expand
Positive emotions broaden the scope of attention and thought‐action repertoires
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Two experiments with 104 college students tested the broaden‐and‐build theory, which hypothesises that positive emotions broaden the scope of attention and thought‐action repertoires and negative emotions, relative to a neutral state, narrowed thought‐ action repertoires. Expand
Resilient individuals use positive emotions to bounce back from negative emotional experiences.
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Mediational analyses revealed that the experience of positive emotions contributed, in part, to participants' abilities to achieve efficient emotion regulation, demonstrated by accelerated cardiovascular recovery from negative emotional arousal and by finding positive meaning in negative circumstances. Expand
Open hearts build lives: positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness meditation, build consequential personal resources.
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Discussion centers on how positive emotions are the mechanism of change for the type of mind-training practice studied here and how loving-kindness meditation is an intervention strategy that produces positive emotions in a way that outpaces the hedonic treadmill effect. Expand
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