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.

Classical Conditioning Phobias

Using Classical Conditioning for Treating Phobias & Disorders

Does the name Pavlov ring a bell? Classical conditioning, a psychological phenomenon first discovered by Ivan Pavlov in the late 19th century, has proven to [...]

Transpersonal Psychology

What Is Transpersonal Psychology? 9 Examples and Theories

Have you ever had an experience of feeling connected to something larger than yourself? Perhaps while in nature, listening to music or appreciating art, or [...]

Circles of influence

Understanding the Circles of Influence, Concern, and Control

In our increasingly complex world, we often encounter a multitude of challenges that can leave us feeling overwhelmed and disempowered. Many of the things that [...]

Theories of counseling

12 Fascinating Theories of Counseling to Apply in Practice

Several psychotherapy theories underpin counseling. It is counseling’s aim to offer clients a safe and confidential place to explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. While [...]

Humanistic Psychology

Humanistic Psychology’s Approach to Wellbeing: 3 Theories

Despite what the media may depict, people are innately good. That sounds quite nice, doesn’t it? Let’s repeat that again. Humans are innately good. Driving [...]

Social Worker Toolbox

Social Work Toolbox: 37 Questions, Assessments, & Resources

Undoubtedly, the role of the social worker is a challenging one. This may be because of its unlikely position, balanced between “the individual and society, [...]

Cognitive Psychology

What Is the Cognitive Psychology Approach? 12 Key Theories

As I cross the busy road, a sea of information of varying degrees of importance confronts me. Maintaining focus on the oncoming traffic is paramount, [...]

Classical Conditioning Learning

Classical Conditioning Learning Theory: 4 Classroom Examples

Have you ever wished that you could just ring a bell or sound a gong and your students would all become magically silent and give [...]

Social Learning Theory

Applying Social Learning Theory in Social Work & Education

Many of us are familiar with the notorious Bobo Doll experiment by Bandura, Ross, and Ross (1961), but what does it have to do with [...]

Social Work Books

12 Social Work Books Every Practitioner Should Read

Social workers are tasked with helping survivors of childhood abuse, domestic violence, violent crime, disaster, war, and terrorism (Bride, 2007). While this mission list appears [...]

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