We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. Even more than happiness and . In her new book, psychologist Barbara Fredrickson argues that we need an upgrade, and she’s written a new book to explain why: Love I wish I had known years ago about Barbara Fredrickson In particular her theory that accumulating ‘micro-moments of positivity,’.

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Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics? Love sculpture by Robert Indiana in New York. Photo from Wikimedia commons. Can love be a positive force for change in the public sphere as well as in our private lives?

If not, Transformation is in trouble: Is there any barhara basis for believing that love can stretch beyond the boundaries of our intimate relationships? What do the latest developments in human biology and psychology have to say?

Barbara Fredrickson is better qualified than most other people to answer these questions. In it, Fredrickson tries to show barbsra love for others – all others – can be consciously cultivated and applied in every sphere of life. Positive psychology has been criticized for ignoring the structural factors that underpin discrimination and inequality, and for over-emphasizing the power of individuals to lovd their own horizons. To find out more about this puzzle, I spoke to Barbara Fredrickson.

You debunk the common understanding of love as romantic attachment, and explain it instead in terms of positive emotions that our bodies can understand, experience and develop beyond our friends and families. But are positive emotions really the same thing as love?

Love is both positive emotions and larger than the self. From an emotions perspective I like to tell people that no emotion is meant to last forever, not even the ones that feel good. Negative emotions are essential for flourishing and creativity and resilience. One of the important empirical lessons that psychology has uncovered is that creativity is not just supported by increased positive emotions — 22.0 little bit of negativity is useful too.


The key is to keep them in lovee. Part of the way to stay resilient is to be able to self-generate positive emotions that can sit side by side with the negative ones, not eclipsing them but helping to make us whole.

Exercises like loving kindness meditation help to pull us out of barbaga self-absorption. Being able to see and appreciate others in their full humanity is something that we get lulled out of by self-absorption or by our increasing reliance on technology.

You say that love cannot be unconditional. One is that people feel safe, and the other is that they feel a real-time sensory connection with another person. We know that people fredrikcson are depressed or rredrickson lonely experience encounters with another person almost always as a threat, whereas people who are enjoying better mental health see opportunity fredrickeon connection. The other precondition is a real-time sensory connection, because so much of a shared positive emotional state requires a shared sensory experience — making eye contact, or through touch or shared voice, because so much emotional information is carried in the vocal tract.

The nice thing about knowing these things is that once you understand the importance of these preconditions you can actually build them up. The title of your book states that love affects everything we do, so how does it affect the way we behave in politics, economics and social activism? So I think it would be great for me or someone else to take these ideas in that direction.

If we understand our experiences of connection and health and wisdom in terms of love and positivity, then we would build our institutions differently. They are fascinating and important, but we tend to work in silos, and the questions you are raising require connections across political science, psychology, sociology, and economics, whereas my work bridges more towards medicine.

I love making connections across areas like that but I also know how tough it is. Michael Edwards is a writer and activist based in upstate New York, and the editor of Transformation.


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