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Taylor et al., 2017: Cultivating positive emotions improved psychological well-being among individuals who sought clinical treatment for anxiety or depression

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Taylor, C. T., Lyubomirsky, S., & Stein, M. B. (2017). Upregulating the positive affect system in anxiety and depression: Outcomes of a positive activity intervention. Depression and anxiety, 34(3), 267-280.
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Summary:

People seeking clinical treatment for anxiety and/or depression with clinically elevated symptoms took part in 10 hour-long sessions focused on cultivating positive emotions (e.g., noticing and amplifying positive events, counting blessings, performing acts of kindness, taking part in pleasureable and meaningful activities, using strengths, imagining best possible futures, making others happier, and reflecting on others’ kindness) as well as values-affirmation. As compared to a wait-list control group, participants in the treatment group showed greater improvements in positive affect and psychological well-being and greater reductions in negative affect and anxiety and depression symptoms through a 6-month follow-up.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Psychological Question Addressed

Do I think and feel positively about myself?

Psychological Process 2:

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

To See the Self as Adequate

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

Remedy Threats to Self-Integrity that Undermine Functioning

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Can I manage a stressful or threatening academic experience?

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