Implications of Debunking the “Critical Positivity Ratio” for Humanistic Psychology: Introduction to Special Issue

  title={Implications of Debunking the “Critical Positivity Ratio” for Humanistic Psychology: Introduction to Special Issue},
  author={Harris L. Friedman and Nicholas J. L. Brown},
  journal={Journal of Humanistic Psychology},
  pages={239 - 261}
An extraordinary claim was made by one of the leading researchers within positive psychology, namely, there is a universal–invariant ratio between positive to negative emotions that serves as a unique tipping point between flourishing and languishing in individuals, marriages, organizations, and other human systems across all cultures and times. Known as the “critical positivity ratio,” this finding was supposedly derived from the famous Lorenz equation in physics by using the mathematics of… 
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