There Is No Empirical Evidence for Critical Positivity Ratios: Comment on Fredrickson (2013)

  title={There Is No Empirical Evidence for Critical Positivity Ratios: Comment on Fredrickson (2013)},
  author={Carol A. E. Nickerson},
  journal={Journal of Humanistic Psychology},
  pages={284 - 312}
  • C. Nickerson
  • Published 1 May 2018
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Fredrickson and Losada (American Psychologist, 2005, 60, 678-686) theorized that a ratio of positive affect to negative affect (positivity ratio) of 2.9013 acts as a critical minimum for well-being. Recently, Brown, Sokal, and Friedman (American Psychologist, 2013, 68, 801-813) convincingly demonstrated that the mathematical work underlying this critical minimum positivity ratio was both flawed and misapplied. This comment addresses Fredrickson’s (American Psychologist, 2013, 68, 814-822… 
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