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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/5286

Title
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The a priori nature of Fredrickson's theory of emotions

Abstract
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The broaden-and-build theory of emotions, formulated by Barbara Fredrickson, aims
to provide a better understanding of the value of positive emotions. Fredrickson
claims positive emotions fuel personal well-being and human flourishing by
broadening thought-action repertoires, thereby undoing the effects of negative
emotions and increasing psychological resilience and personal resources. To provide
support for the theory has Fredrickson gathered a vast amount of experimental data. Here it is argued that the broaden-and-build
theory is essentially pseudo-empirical and that the experimental data amassed by
Fredrickson carries no bearing on the truth value of the theory. The theory is a set of
commonsense theorems and therefore not empirical but a priori.

Issued Date
15/05/2010


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