Thompson Coaching and Development Group has taken the best from each of the following theorists, and, utilizing both personal experience and strengths, designed Strengths-Based Positive Psychology interventions that foster growth, well-being, and motivation. The pioneers in research include the following people, along with their web site information.

  • Barbara Fredrickson: Broaden-and-Build Theory at
  • Fredrickson, B.L. (2006) The Broaden-and-build Theory of Positive Emotions.
  • Fredrickson, B.L. & Branigan, C.A. (2005). Positive emotions broaden the scope of thought-action repertoires. Cognition and Emotion.


  • Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi: Flow Theory at
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York, NY. Harper Collins.
  • Csikszentmihalyhi, M. (2006). A life worth living. Contributions to positive psychology. New York, NY. Oxford University Press.


  • Martin Seligman: Well-Being Theory (2011) at
  • Seligman is the pioneer in the positive psychology movement. He has published extensively for the past twenty five years on well-being, thriving, learned optimism and human strengths. His books can be found on
  • Peterson, C., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues. A handbook classification. Washington D.C. American Psychological Association Press.


  • Carol Dweck: Self-Theories (1991; 2008) at
  • Dweck’s Self-Theory, and her book, Mindset, discuss the differences between a growth mindset (I am always learning and growing, despite any setbacks) vs. a fixed mindset (I am either smart or dumb, talented or not talented, etc…) and provides empirically based strategies for learning how to apply a growth mindset to every aspect of ones life.
  • Dweck, C.S. (1991). Self-Theories and goals: Their role in motivation, personality, and development. Nebraska Symposium on Motivation.


  • Sonja Lyubomirsky: Happiness Theory (2001; 2007) at
  • Lyubomirsky has proven that in order to thrive humans need a positivity to negativity ratio of 3:1. That is, our relationships, self-talk, and interactions with people and organizations needs to include three positive’s to every negative in order for us to maximize our potential. Otherwise, we cannot thrive.
  • Lyubomirsky, S., King, L.A., & Deiner, E. (2005). The benefits of frequent positive affect: Does happiness lead to success? Pyschological Bulletin.


  • Ed Deci and Richard Ryan: Self-Determination Theory  (1985)  at
  • Deci and Ryan’s thirty year pursuit of what motivates people is one of the pre-eminent motivational theories in existence. Essentially, they have proven that internally motivated people experience more success and happiness than those who are motivated by external strategies, and they provide extensive strategic methods for accessing ones internal motivational needs.

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