The role of positive emotions in positive psychology. The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions.

  title={The role of positive emotions in positive psychology. The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions.},
  author={B. Fredrickson},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={56 3},
  • B. Fredrickson
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology, Medicine, Chemistry
  • The American psychologist
In this article, the author describes a new theoretical perspective on positive emotions and situates this new perspective within the emerging field of positive psychology. The broaden-and-build theory posits that experiences of positive emotions broaden people's momentary thought-action repertoires, which in turn serves to build their enduring personal resources, ranging from physical and intellectual resources to social and psychological resources. Preliminary empirical evidence supporting… Expand

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