Psychology of optimism


In this podcast Dr Raj Persaud discusses the meaning and underlying psychological constructs of optimism with Dr Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus, author of the paper 'Hope, Optimism and Delusion' published in the Psychiatric Bulletin.


Date published: 16 September 2014

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr Rebecca McGuire-Snieckus

Audio running time: 15 minutes

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Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the meaning and underlying constructs of optimism


  • some of the psychological research on positivity bias, including self enhancing cognitive bias


  • the relationship between optimism and psychological models of depression 


  • the role of optimism in cognitive behavioural therapy.


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