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.


Epigenetics vs Genetics: How Do Genes Influence Behavior?

Richard Dawkins’s book The Selfish Gene created a considerable stir when it was first published in 1976. At that time, no one knew for sure [...]

Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Cognitive Dissonance: Theory, Examples & How to Reduce It

“Tomorrow I will start my diet,” I reflected, while munching a doughnut. If this has ever happened to you, you have experienced first-hand what this [...]

Consciousness in psychology

Consciousness in Psychology: 8 Theories & Examples

Consciousness is an enigma. While vital to the human experience, it remains obscure and hidden – the ghost in the machine (Hofstadter & Dennett, 1982). An [...]

Personality Psychology

Personality Psychology Explained: 7 Theories and Assessments

At one time or another, we all question who we are and how well we know ourselves. It’s part of the human condition. The search [...]

evolutionary psychology

What Is Evolutionary Psychology? (+ Real Life Examples)

Like any other organ of the body, the brain is the product of many thousands of years of natural selection. If this is true of [...]

Community Psychology

Community Psychology: 20+ Theories & Interventions

A crisis is often a time of great suffering, disagreement, and confusion; yet, it can also be an opportunity for positive social transformation. To achieve [...]


What Is Pathologizing & Overpathologizing in Psychology?

We often view the world through the lens of our biases. We bring cultural, professional, educational, and social baggage to our thoughts, decisions, and beliefs. [...]

Science of Spirituality (+16 Ways to Become More Spiritual)

When plagues hit, people turned to religion. When war hits, people pray for and depend on one another. When terror tries to steal life from [...]

Operant Conditioning Theory (+ How to Apply It in Your Life)

Operant conditioning is a well-known theory, but how do you put it into practice in your everyday life? How do you use your knowledge of [...]

15 Must-Watch TED Talks on Positive Psychology

TED talks have been around for over 30 years now, and since they’ve been online, thousands of them have been uploaded for viewers like you [...]

3 Positive Psychology Tools (PDF)