Video Snippets 1-4 with Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

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Video Snippets 1-4 with Barbara Fredrickson, PhD

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Video interviews with Barbara Fredrickson PhD from the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare offered by the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital September 2010

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Video Interview presented at the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare offered by the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital September 2010

 
 
Snippet 1: Positivity and the Tipping Point Ratio
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“Positivity refers to the entire system that surrounds positive emotions – the things that trigger positive emotions the things that they unleash in us. What we have found is that there is a particular tipping point positivity ratio above which people are naturally and automatically drawn to be more creative resilient more likely to flourish. Below that ratio that tipping point ratio people are kind of just getting by languishing if you will feeling like their lives are a bit stuck. The critical tipping point ratio we found through our research is 3:1. The interesting thing is that most people walking around in the world have ratios that are offset to the positive – that’s good – but only at about 2:1. It actually takes some concerted effort to in our busy culture and with all the things that pull us in many directions to tip our ratios above 3:1.”
 
 
 
Snippet 2: Explanation of Positivity Tipping Point Ratio
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“What we have found is that positive emotions change the way people think and the way people develop over time and that what seems to be really vital is the ratio of the positive emotions that you experience in day to day life relative to the negative emotions that you experience in day to day life. What we found mathematically is that there seems to be a tipping point ratio of 3:1 that is that we need 3 positive emotions to lift us up for every negative emotion that drags us down. That 3:1 seems to be the tipping point above which people are naturally drawn to be more resilient flourishing more productive.”
 
 
 
Snippet 3: Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions
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“The Broaden and Build Theory of Positive emotions points out the evolving adaptive significance of positive emotions – why they’re good for us why we have them in the first place. The first part the Broaden part of the theory suggests that positive emotions open people’s minds and hearts so that they’re more receptive to perceptions in the environment they literally see more of their contextual surroundings when they’re experiencing a positive emotions compared to neutral states and negative emotions. While that openness is only temporary just like positive emotions are only temporary as those kind of open moments accumulate and compound they change who we are they build our resources for the better and help us develop useful traits and skills that build our reserves for dealing with challenges in life. So whereas the evolved adaptive significant of negative emotions is sort of in the here and now sort of in the fight or flight what positive emotions do is broaden build and change us change who we are in the future. The time course of the value of positive emotions is far than the time course of the value of negative emotions. “
 
Snippet 4: Positive Emotions as Pathways to Success
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“I think it’s really vital to understand the benefits that positive emotions bring both in the moment and then over time in a coaching context. We sometimes tend to think of positive emotions and happiness as the end goal but what the Broaden and Build Theory points out is that positive feelings are actually a means to the end goal. We shouldn’t be thinking of them as markers of success they are the pathways towards success. So the more that we can increase people’s abilities to self-generate positive emotions in their daily lives it’s fuel for growth just like we need a variety of fruit and vegetables every day you know up to nine we need frequent experiences of positive emotions to grow into and be our healthiest.”

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