Positive Psychology Theory

Over the years, we have accumulated some though provoking papers on PP Theory. Indulge in it as much as you please.

Just how positive are positive illusions?

The following article aims to critically discuss the contribution of “positive illusions” to the field of positive psychology. In order to do this, we will begin by examining how the concept arose and what we mean by the term, as well as considering the suggested...

From What is Wrong to What is Strong

The fundamental premise of positive psychology is that personal fulfillment is constituted by more than the absence of problems and deficit. Although particular definitions of both happiness and good character may be subjective, their importance to personal and...

The Value of Self-Esteem

Clive Nayler The commonly endorsed assumption is that people need to feel good about themselves (Brown, 1998 as cited in Heine et al., 1999) and seek to enhance and maintain their positive self-view (Pyszczynski et al., 2004). Self-esteem is “a good opinion of oneself...

Theories of Self-Esteem

Clive Nayler This article looks to provide an insight into the plethora of research literature, measures and definitions available in the field of self-esteem. Its origins, from both a theoretical and contemporary perspective, are assessed before reviewing the three...


Historically, gratitude has been viewed variously as a social and civic virtue, a motivator of benevolence and both a cognitive and emotional reminder of the social need to reciprocate (Emmons, McCullough, Tsang, 2003). However, from the perspective of psychology, and...

On Resilience

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional” Anon. One could argue that resilience is the end product of intuitive application of positive psychology to the management of personal adversity. Resilient people are those individuals who display “the capacity to remain...

Subjective Well-Being

Brian Albuquerque Subjective well-being (SWB) is defined as ‘a person’s cognitive and affective evaluations of his or her life’ (Diener, Lucas, & Oshi, 2002, p. 63). The cognitive element refers to what one thinks about his or her life satisfaction in global terms...

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