Alex Linley: Strength Finder and Social Entrepreneur

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Alex Linley is the founder of the Center of Applied Positive Psychology, also known as CAPP, which focuses on spreading the word about strengths and their role in the field of positive psychology.

As a professor, author, and editor of more than 120 research articles, Linley has extended his influence to many realms of psychology. 

This article is a brief introduction to one researcher on the cutting edge of positive psychology.


Psychologist and Social Entrepreneur

Alex Linley brings a lot to the table with his project of incorporating his brand of psychology into schools, businesses, and other organizations. With a background in social business, Linley earned his PhD in Psychology at the University of Warwick.

This background led to the founding of his organization.

CAPP is a non-profit with the sole purpose of “Strengthening the World” through teaching psychology principles applicable to everyday life and business strategy.

Linley has written countless psychology research papers, book contributions, as well as four of his own books, before developing his Positive Psychology Classes.

In 2010, Alex published his Strengths Book and developed subsequent teachings based upon it.


Inner Strength, Outer Calm

What his “strengths approach to psychology” teaches is like a living philosophy with a strong basis in reality, rather than in platitudes.

In the Strengths Book, Alex Linley reviews different strengths and how they relate to personal bonds, professional relationships, and the balance of these things. Its goal is to help you identify all of your strengths without neglecting others. 

This is the core of Positive Psychology: knowing your strengths, learning how to use them, and realizing your full potential. There are plenty of books out there that touch upon this familiar advice, but in Linley’s book, he ties these tenets together with real science based on his own psychological expertise.


Armed with Confidence

When you apply yourself to take advantage of your own strengths, you will: live happier, waver less on important decisions, be a positive impact on others and your environment, experience less stress, bounce back from adversity faster, advance in your professional life faster, and feel more fulfilled.


Average to A+

For more information, a second must-read is his book Average to A+where he elaborates the strengths approach and offers more tools to help you identify and maximize strengths in yourself and others. 

If you have not read one of Linley’s book, now is the time to consider it. If you have read any of Linley’s work, what do you recommend? We would love to hear from you in our comments section. 


  1. Martin Staniforth

    Hi Alex – I would like to interview you to understand how positive psychology may help more children to develop a passion for reading. I’ve just sent you an email explaining what this is about. Would you like / are you able to participate? It would be great to get your input please.


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