Theory & Books

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.

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 [...]

Social Learning Theory

What Is Bandura’s Social Learning Theory? 3 Examples

Albert Bandura’s social learning theory (SLT) suggests that we learn social behavior by observing and imitating the behavior of others. Bandura realized that direct reinforcement [...]

Social Work Training

Social Work Training: Top 25+ Courses & Online Degrees

The employment of social workers in the United States is projected to grow by 13% from 2019 to 2029 to meet the growing needs of [...]

Social work values

Social Work Skills: 35 Techniques to Be a Good Social Worker

Social work continues to develop and grow as a profession, often with new and increasing demands and skills to meet the needs of the most [...]

Social work theories

10 Fascinating Social Work Theories & Models

Professional social workers require detailed knowledge of social, mental, and interpersonal difficulties and the skills to work with the most vulnerable people in society. As [...]

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Books

14 Must-Read Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Books

Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT (pronounced “act”), is an evidence-based therapy that blends Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), humanistic, and mindfulness-based approaches to treatment. There is [...]

Cross cultural

What Is Cross-Cultural Psychology? 11 Theories & Examples

As psychologists, counselors, and therapists, we must never lose sight of the fact that humans are members of a cultural species. Therefore, we must consider [...]

Sports Psychology

What Is Sports Psychology? 9 Scientific Theories & Examples

Heading out the door at 5 a.m. for another long, cold training run in the dark takes single-minded motivation. And maintaining focus when your team is [...]

Separation Anxiety

What Is Separation Anxiety? 9 Worksheets to Use in Therapy

Separation anxiety is characterized by excessive anxiety upon being separated from major attachment figures such as parents. Despite its origins in childhood, separation anxiety can [...]

Sports Psychology Books

20 Best Sports Psychology Books for Motivating Athletes

While some athletes break through under pressure, performing at their very best, others falter, never realizing their potential (Mack & Casstevens, 2001). Mental toughness, resilience, [...]

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