A random thought on a contradiction within positive psychology

By Lisa Sansom / July 16, 2012 / 4 Comments

How does one reconcile the notion of “acting as if” with the notion of “being true to yourself”? The concept of “acting as if” essentially says that if you are feeling sad, and wish to feel happier, then act as if you are happy and you will be. And this turns out to be somewhat […]

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Further praise for Carol Dweck

By Lisa Sansom / July 11, 2012 / 1 Comment

  In the world of positive psychology, one tool that I see coming up again and again is this notion of fixed vs. growth mindset, from research done by Carol Dweck. In my own work, I have used this with parents, teams, students, entrepreneurs, business leaders and pretty much just about anyone else who will […]

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Guess what? I've been busy – and I bet you have too….

By Lisa Sansom / July 2, 2012 / 0 Comments

It’s the new norm. “How are you these days?” “Busy.” Sometimes you get “crazy busy” or “insanely busy” or “I can’t believe how busy I’ve been!” And our response is often supportive – we’ll say things like, “Well at least it keeps you out of trouble!” or “That’s better than the alternative.” We mean to […]

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Working with teams: a strengths-based approach

By Lisa Sansom / June 4, 2012 / 0 Comments

I do a lot of work with teams and there are two specific tools that I like them to know about to increase their chances to achieving high-performance status: the positivity ratio and strengths-spotting. The positivity ratio is the notion that people, relationships and teams flourish when the ratio of positive emotions to negative emotions […]

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Would you like to learn more about character strengths?

By Lisa Sansom / May 4, 2012 / 0 Comments

Hello again blog followers. One of the movements that I’m really appreciating right now in Positive Psychology is how the research topic of character strengths has deepened from the “Character Strengths and Virtues” as a high-level framework and textbook into deep research dives into distinct strengths, such as Todd Kashdan’s book on curiosity and Robert […]

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Faith restored

By Lisa Sansom / January 21, 2012 / 0 Comments

This morning, I met a brilliant woman. I’d like to share some of her story, because it absolutely restored my faith in humanity and the direction of the world. This woman was born in Afghanistan and lived part of her childhood in a refugee camp, seeing the war. She was born deaf, but amazingly gained […]

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