Positive Psychology in Practice

This book is packed with ideas from positive psychology researchers and experiences and is written for budding positive deviants out there. You’ll read about their methods of transforming negative emotions, from stress to severe mental ill-health difficulties into tales of growth, through self-compassion, acceptance and finding purpose. You’ll learn how to use mindfulness, yoga and your innate power to create a life worth living.

Evidence-based research offers theoretical and practical advice for performance and success in the workplace, through passionate leadership, positive supervision, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, strength-based approaches, resilience building, job crafting and cultural competence.

Book available now in digital format: Kindle and on any e-readers by downloading the Kindle app. Print version will be released later.
Link to the book, click here.

An exploration into using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) within a positive psychology framework in individual coaching: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) within a positive psychology (PP) framework is an under-researched, creative group-work tool that aims to develop positive qualities through the creation of Lego models, metaphors and storytelling. The paper’s purpose is to explore the potential use with individual coaching clients as a means to opening up coaching conversations. A qualitative research study was conducted using interpretative phenomenological analysis as its methodology with the aim to explore individuals’ experiences of using LSP in coaching sessions to determine its value within a PP framework. Five participants took part in the coaching sessions, followed by semi-structured interviews where they were invited to reflect on their experience of the sessions. Three superordinate themes were identified with participants experiencing the creation of greater awareness and insights, having the time to think and a sense of emotional security. Lego was an enabler for creating new awareness and insights within the individual, by creating a psychologically safe environment, where ideas emerge in a way that allows more time to think, being in flow and a further opening of the coaching conversation.

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Authors: Theresa Quinn, Sok-ho Trinh & Jonathan Passmore

Guide éthique de la pratique de la psychologie positive (Ethical guidelines for positive psychology practice)

La perfection éthique est peut-être un idéal utopique, puisque l’être humain, incluant les praticiens de la psychologie positive (PPP), sont faillibles, vulnérables et imparfaits.
La complexité de la vie moderne, tout comme l’expansion constante de la vie cybernétique, le changement climatique erratique, les crises autour de la question des réfugiés, les identités en mutation, ainsi qu’une polarisation croissante de l’économie, exacerbent la vulnérabilité humaine. Les services psychologiques, en particulier ceux ayant la mission spécifique de restaurer ou d’améliorer le bien-être, ne sont pas aisément proposés sans susciter de dilemmes éthiques ou de divergence de priorités.
Aucun regroupement de lignes directrices, de normes ou même des lois en matière d’éthique peuvent encapsuler dans sa totalité, la complexité humaine. Toutefois, un ensemble de valeurs, de forces de caractère et de principes peuvent néanmoins nous guider vers une prise de décision plus éthique, en particulier lors de l’emploi des interventions de la psychologie positive (IPP), qui en général visent à améliorer le bien-être.
Ce guide comprend a) les valeurs, b) les forces et c) les principes, pour la pratique de la psychologie positive. Il est important de noter que le présent « guide » s’inscrit généralement dans des cadres plus larges, qui peuvent varier selon le contexte et la juridiction.


Ethical perfection is, perhaps, a utopian ideal, since human beings, including positive psychology practitioners (PPPs), are fallible, vulnerable, and imperfect. The complexities of contemporary life, such as ever-expanding cyber-living, erratic climate change, refugee crises, evolving identities, and increasing economic polarisation, exacerbate human vulnerabilities.
Psychological services, especially ones with an explicit aim of restoring or enhancing wellbeing,
are not easily offered without competing priorities and ethical dilemmas. No single set of
ethical guidelines, standards, or even statutes can fully encapsulate the range of human complexities. A set of broad-based values, personal strengths, and principles, nonetheless can guide us to more ethical decision making, especially when we use positive psychological interventions (PPIs), which generically aim to enhance wellbeing.
This guideline contains a) values, b) strengths, and c) principles for positive psychology
practice. It is important to note that ‘guidelines’ usually sit within broader frameworks, which

will vary by context and jurisdiction.

Authors: Aaron Jarden, Tayyab Rashid, Annalise Roache, Tim Lomas, Sok-ho Trinh, Hrafnhildur Krumma Jonsdottir

Passionate Leadership in Organizations PLIO©

Researchers and academics from various sectors call for a more “effective, inclusive and legitimate forms of global leadership” (e.g., Gill, 2011). Indeed others such as Gandolfi and Stone (2016) even go so far as to suggest a global leadership crisis. 

PLIO addresses this global need of a new form of leadership identified as a way of life focused on bettering the world.” – Trinh, Crossing Conceptual Boundaries X, P67-92, 2017

4P model©

The 4P model© was investigated by Sok-ho Trinh as part of his research conducted for the Institute of Passion. 

The 4P model© is composed of two layers:

At its core are the 4P pillars: Purpose, Passion, Positivity, and Power. These are surrounded by the 4P lenses which trigger the 4Ps: The Heart, the Mind, the Body, the Spirit, Society, and the Environment.

The 4P model© is supported by existing research and is enhanced by ongoing research run by the Institute of Passion. It is the backbone of evidence-based interventions designed within the Institute.

The 4P pillars

The first P stands for Purpose. This first pillar taps into the vast amount of scientific research on meaning, motivated by the search for Purpose in Life, which was made visible by the late Dr. Viktor Frankl , an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor.

Frankl was the founder of Logotherapy , which along with Freud’s psychoanalysis and Adler’s individual psychology, is considered the “Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy”, a form of existential therapy which highly influenced humanistic psychologists.

The second P stands for Passion. This concept was originally discussed in philosophy by thinkers such as Diderot, Kant, and Descartes. Passion is also a commonly used and very often misused word in everyday life such as Passion in love, Passionate leader, Passion for music, etc.

With the arrival of Positive Psychology, scientists are becoming increasingly interested in this concept. Psychologist and Prof. Robert Vallerand is at the forefront of research on the Psychology of Passion, as evidenced by his book The Psychology of Passion . Both types of Passion observed by Dr. Vallerand— Harmonious Passion and Obsessive Passion—are explored in our framework.

Concepts of success in life and at work as investigated through Prof. Angela Duckworth ’s research on Grit are also incorporated into our framework.

Grit is defined as Passion and perseverance for long-term goals. Passion at work, inextricably linked to the concept of calling and engagement is also leveraged in this second pillar.

The third pillar is Positivity. Through this pillar, positive emotions and positive individual traits are explored.  This pillar utilizes the work of many scholars, but primarily Dr. Fredrickson who researches positive emotions and their contributions to human well-being.

The fourth pillar looks into the concept of Power in Leadership. The work from scholars in social and behavioral sciences around Positive Leadership and the relation between Passion and leadership is leveraged to unlock organizations’, individuals’, and governments’ best version of their leadership.

On the 4P lenses

The different 4P lenses act as triggers to unleash the impact of each 4P pillar. Putting the human being at the centre of the 4P model©, each lens acts as a unique trigger to an individual’s way of being and acting.

The lenses include:

  • The Heart, exploring emotions, feelings
  • The Mind, looking at individual and systemic thoughts
  • The Body, exploring somatics and other body and movements related field of studies
  • The Spirit, looking into research on transcendence, positive psychology, and spirituality and its benefits to relationships among other parts of an individual or an organization’s life
  • Society and its impact
  • The Environment, such as nature and other elements

For more information on the 4P model© please contact me.