Updated thinking on positivity ratios.
Fredrickson, Barbara L.
American Psychologist, Vol 68(9), Dec 2013, 814-822.
This article presents my response to the article by Brown, Sokal, and Friedman (2013), which critically examined Losada’s conceptual and mathematical work (as presented in Losada, 1999; Losada & Heaphy, 2004; and Fredrickson & Losada; 2005) and concluded that mathematical claims for a critical tipping point positivity ratio are unfounded. In the present article, I draw recent empirical evidence together to support the continued value of computing and seeking to elevate positivity ratios. I also underscore the necessity of modeling nonlinear effects of positivity ratios and, more generally, the value of systems science approaches within affective science and positive psychology. Even when scrubbed of Losada’s now-questioned mathematical modeling, ample evidence continues to support the conclusion that, within bounds, higher positivity ratios are predictive of flourishing mental health and other beneficial outcomes. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)