Positive psychology and romantic scientism.

@article{Brown2014PositivePA,
  title={Positive psychology and romantic scientism.},
  author={Nicholas J. L. Brown and Alan D. Sokal and Harris L. Friedman},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2014},
  volume={69 6},
  pages={
          636-7
        }
}
Replies to the comments of Nickerson (see record 2014-36500-010), Guastello (see record 2014-36500-011), Musau (see record 2014-36500-013), Hämäläinen et al. (see record 2014-36500-014), and Lefebvre and Schwartz (see record 2014-36500-015) on the authors article (see record 2013-24609-001). Fredrickson and Losada's (2005) article was the subject of over 350 scholarly citations before our critique (Brown et al., 2013) appeared, and its principal "conclusions" have been featured in many lectures… 
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