Positive Emotions in Psychotherapy: Conceptual Propositions and Research Challenges

  • A. Stalikas
  • M. Fitzpatrick
  • P. Mistkidou
  • A. Boutri
  • C. Seryianni


In this chapter we discuss the contribution and integration of positive psychology concepts in psychotherapy theory, research, and practice. In the first part we introduce the basic tenets, axioms, and foundational concepts of positive psychology followed by the presentation of the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions and the research findings that support it. We argue that the broaden-and-build theory contributes to psychotherapy theory and research and practice. We focus on the concepts of broadening, undoing, and building and their potential contribution to psychotherapy. In the last part of the chapter, we focus on the methodological and conceptual research issues that need to be addressed in order to facilitate research initiatives.


Negative Emotion Positive Emotion Positive Psychology Postpartum Depression Increase Life Satisfaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Stalikas
    • 1
  • M. Fitzpatrick
    • 2
  • P. Mistkidou
    • 1
  • A. Boutri
    • 1
  • C. Seryianni
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology Dept.Panteion University of Social and Political SciencesAthensGreece
  2. 2.Faculty of Education, Department of Educational and Counselling PsychologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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