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Here you will find theoretical positive psychology articles, book summaries, and reviews that explain scientific concepts and findings in the field for the sake of understanding and mastering these topics.

Humanistic Psychology

Humanistic Psychology’s Approach to Wellbeing: 3 Theories

Despite what the media may depict, people are innately good. That sounds quite nice, doesn’t it? Let’s repeat that again. Humans are innately good. Driving [...]

Social Worker Toolbox

Social Work Toolbox: 37 Questions, Assessments, & Resources

Undoubtedly, the role of the social worker is a challenging one. This may be because of its unlikely position, balanced between “the individual and society, [...]

Cognitive Psychology

What Is the Cognitive Psychology Approach? 12 Key Theories

As I cross the busy road, a sea of information of varying degrees of importance confronts me. Maintaining focus on the oncoming traffic is paramount, [...]

Classical Conditioning Learning

Classical Conditioning Learning Theory: 4 Classroom Examples

Have you ever wished that you could just ring a bell or sound a gong and your students would all become magically silent and give [...]

Social Learning Theory

Applying Social Learning Theory in Social Work & Education

Many of us are familiar with the notorious Bobo Doll experiment by Bandura, Ross, and Ross (1961), but what does it have to do with [...]

Social Work Books

12 Social Work Books Every Practitioner Should Read

Social workers are tasked with helping survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence, violent crime, disaster, war, and terrorism (Bride, 2007). While this mission list appears [...]

Developmental psychology stages

Developmental Psychology 101: Theories, Stages, & Research

Developmental psychology looks at how we grow and change in our thoughts and behaviors. You can imagine how vast this field of psychology is if [...]

Social work methods

13 Social Work Methods & Interventions for Helping Others

As communities become increasingly fragmented and the influence of traditional frameworks (familial, religious, and political) lessens, the role of social workers becomes progressively more important [...]

Classical Conditioning

4 Fascinating Classical Conditioning & Behaviorism Studies

Can you think back to when you were in school and the bell rang for lunch? Did you experience a rumble in your stomach, even [...]

Classic Conditioning Theory

What Is Classical Conditioning Theory? 6 Real-Life Examples

Until the 1950s, behaviorism was the dominant school of thought in psychology. It attempted to explain behavior based on the effects of the environment and [...]

3 Positive Psychology Tools (PDF)