Professor Barbara Fredrickson is a distinguished professor of psychology and neuroscience. She is the director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology (PEP) Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With 140 peer-reviewed articles published and translated into a dozen languages, her research is funded by the US National Institute of Health.
What does positive psychology have to offer the world during times of increasing political uncertainty and fear? Barbara talks about how to navigate different types of negativity, how to maintain positivity in the face of fear and how to genuinely connect with others even we have ideological differences.
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- [01:50] – As 2016 concludes, there is a lot of uncertainty and fear in the world due to political changes. Barbara talks about the role of positive psychology in these times.
- [03:35] – Barbara shares her thoughts on maintaining positivity in the face of fear.
- [05:40] – Barbara talks about functioning and flourishing during periods of negativity.
- [06:35] – Some negativity is recycled and Barbara talks about approaching those situations.
- [10:55] – Barbara talks about reaching out with positivity to those that you have ideological differences with.
- [15:35] – Barbara talks about the value of meditation in times of negativity.
- [18:48] – I have found Barbara’s tool on tracking positivity ratio to be very valuable. She talks about this tool and how it can be used.
- [20:11] – Barbara shares her thoughts on how leaders of organizations can help others balance these feelings.
- [22:25] – The Lightning Round with Barbara Fredrickson.
- President Obama – our positive psychologist-in-chief (by Sonja Lyubomirsky)
- Positivity Ratio
- Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power That Elevates People and Organizations – Monica Worline and Jane E. Dutton
- Stories of You Life and Others – Ted Chiang
- Positivity Resonance
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