Experts & Scientists

Prominent figures, experts and scientists within the field of positive psychology are interviewed and/or discussed in this category.

Other People Matter: Christopher Peterson’s Work in Positive Psychology

Christopher Peterson combined altruistic motivation with scientific and empirical rigor to contribute immeasurably to our fundamental understanding of positive psychology. His research put in place a foundation which allows us to stand on the shoulders of giants as we continue to strive towards self-betterment and the betterment of those around […]

Abraham Maslow, His Theory & Contribution to Psychology


Abraham Maslow is one of the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century. His biggest contributions to psychology were his contributions to humanistic psychology as well as his development of the hierarchy of needs. Maslow’s career in psychology greatly predated the modern positive psychology movement, but it might not look […]

Adam Grant’s Give and Take – a Short Summary

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Adam Grant is known as being the most popular full-time professor at the Wharton School. His popularity has gone far beyond educational institutions, as he managed to win accolades from Business Week and even Malcolm Gladwell. Apart from being one of the best writers and sociologists of today, Grant has […]

How Catherine Bell Made People at Work Smile: The Positive Psychology Toolkit

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Seven days ago, I received a heart-warming email from our toolkit member Catherine. It brought tears to my eyes. Why? Because I'm mostly sitting behind my laptop (and so is Hugo, the main developer of the toolkit), with little idea on what kind of impact we are making in the […]

Jonathan Haidt: The Contributions of a Moral Psychologist

American Psychologist and Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, Jonathan Haidt, has significantly contributed to the fields of social, moral, and positive psychology. He has written two books, including the New York Times bestseller, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Haidt’s work is […]

8 Ways To Create Flow According to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Want to increase your well-being, creativity, and productivity? If so, you might want to cultivate flow, a concept describing those moments when you're completely absorbed in a challenging but doable task. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, considered one of the co-founders of positive psychology, was the first to identify and research flow. (If you're not sure how […]

Who is Martin Seligman and What Does He Do?

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Martin Seligman is not called the "father of positive psychology" for no reason. To many, he is one of the leading researchers in the whole field of psychology.  Born on August 12, 1942, in New York, Seligman is now a lead educator, researcher, and author of several bestselling books that […]

Albert Bandura: Self-Efficacy for Agentic Positive Psychology

Albert Bandura, aged 93, is one of the most renowned living psychologists in the field of psychology, as well one of the most cited (Haggbloom et al., 2002). Throughout his career, Bandura contributed to many branches of psychology including social cognitive theory, reciprocal determinism, and the famous ‘Bobo Doll Experiments.’ […]

Carol Dweck: The Woman Behind The Motivational Mindset Breakthrough

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What is the determining factor that leads people to become successful? Is it merely hard work or is it being intellectually superior or talented in certain areas? According to the world-renowned author and professor Carol Dweck, it has more to do with an individual’s mindset or beliefs about themselves, rather […]

Daniel Gilbert: The Expert on Predicting Happiness

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Daniel Gilbert is a Harvard psychologist, professor, and author of New York Time's bestselling book Stumbling on Happiness. His book has been translated into more than 30 languages, and his TED talk has received more than 16 million views.  What makes Gilbert's research so impacting? Perhaps it is how Gilbert […]

The 5 Founding Fathers and A History of Positive Psychology

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After the Second World War, the focus of psychology was on treating abnormal behaviors and the resulting mental illnesses. Dissatisfied with this approach, humanist psychologists, such as Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Eric Fromm helped renew interest in the more positive aspects of human nature. This article contains: Inspiration in […]

Barbara Fredrickson Talks Science, Emotions, and Her New Course

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Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D, is a leading scholar in the fields of social psychology, affective science, and positive psychology. She recently released an online course, which teaches findings from positive psychology research, along with their practical applications. We reached out to Fredrickson to learn more about her views on positive psychology. […]