Barbara Fredrickson – Broaden & Build Theory
When you are watching Sessions you will notice that one of the intentions and desired outcomes is positive emotions for the viewer. There’s a precise reason why. Your minds deserve to benefit from the Broaden & Build Effect. What’s more, you will notice many images that relate and role-model micro-moments of connection for the good of your Vagus Nerve. We would recommend you read Barbara Fredrickson Ph.D.’s “Love 2.0 and investigate her work further. These two videos are essential.
Who is Dr. Barbara L. Fredrickson
Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. earned her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her doctorate from Stanford University. Fredrickson is a leading scholar within social psychology, affective science (the study of emotion), and positive psychology. She has received more than 16 consecutive years of research funding from the National Institutes of Health, and her research and teaching have been recognized with numerous honors.
What is Broaden and Build Theory?
Fredrickson hypothesized that positive emotions have a “broadening effect” on the momentary thought-action repertoire: They allow us to discard automatic responses and instead look for creative, flexible, and unpredictable new ways of thinking and acting (Fredrickson 2004).
By broadening our perspectives and actions, we tend to build important and lasting physical, intellectual, psychological, and social resources that may have contributed to our ancestors’ survival.
Broaden-and-build theory: positive emotions broaden an individuals momentary thought-action repertoire.
E.g. joy sparks the urge to play
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson (2009)
Books by Barbara Fredrickson
Barbara is the author of Positivity (2009), a general-audience book that draws on her own research and that of other social scientists. She also released a new book in January 2013, Love 2.0, which discusses the supreme emotion of love, micro-moments of connection as well as how love can affect your biological and cellular make-up over time