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.

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 [...]

What are Mental Health Theories

What Are Mental Health Theories? (Incl. List)

Have you ever met with a counselor or therapist and thought, “This is not a good fit“? It might have had something to do with [...]

What Is the Mental Health Continuum Model?

When a person behaves oddly or deviates from the societal standards of normality, we might describe them in many ways: depressed, anxious, moody, suicidal, and [...]

Appreciative Inquiry Books

12 Best Books on Appreciative Inquiry

Just like positive psychology, appreciative inquiry is a theory and method for organizational and personal development that focuses on strengths rather than deficits. It seeks [...]

positive psychology and mental health

The Connections Between Positive Psychology & Mental Health

In the past, many therapists focused primarily on challenges and symptoms of mental health disorders – how to treat “problems.” The focus of mental health [...]

Positive Psychology Books 2024

20 Must-Read Positive Psychology Books for 2024

Positive psychology offers an alternate or complementary psychological approach to the traditional model, replacing a focus on what is wrong in an individual’s life with [...]

3 Positive Psychology Tools (PDF)