Thesis / Dissertation

Positive illusion coping styles: adaptive denial, defensiveness, depression and the protection of self-esteem

Jari Claudia Evertsz, Jackson Henry (ed.)

Published : 2017


The field of positive psychology has been gathering ground over the last decade and positive psychology approaches are now being used in mental health treatment settings. Criticisms of positive psychology include a proliferation in its claims of benefits, a re-packaging of well-established constructs, and a lack of empirical validation. Two common themes in positive psychology literature relate to adaptive psychological mechanisms and emotion regulation. One area that incorporates both of these is Positive Illusions, an entity first proposed by Taylor and Brown (1988). Taylor and Brown (1988) speculated that a functioning system of ‘illusions’ would serve to isolate threat, support self-este..

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