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

Positive people are able to maintain a broader perspective and see the big picture which helps them identify solutions where as negative people maintain a narrower perspective and tend to focus on problems.

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson (2009)