Psychology 459  April 13, 2006

Think Positively!!

By Tawny Antonio


Textbook of Theistic Psychology (7.7 – 7.9). By Leon James (2006). Available at:


Instructions for this activity are found at:


Instructor: Dr. Leon James


I.                    Affective Positivity

A.     Possibility thinking

1.      This is positivity thinking and having faith in God’s cooperation

2.      Having a positive outlook raises our performance and success

3.      Optimism increases the probability of success, while pessimism inhibits cognitive flexibility and lowers our performance levels

B.     Positive psychology

1.      This is a science of optimism and hope

C.     The power of affective positivity in Theistic Psychology

1.      Universal law

a.       Opposite loves cannot exist together

1.      Not one negative affect can exist in the heaven’s of our minds

2.      Not one love can exist in the hells of our minds

                                 2.   Positive affect originates from our communication with good   

                                       spirits or angels

                                 3.   The positive glow effect is the spiritual law that the affect is

                                       primary and controls the cognitive in our mind

                                 4.   Positive feelings are rational and heavenly

                                 5.   Good seeks out truth

                                 6.   Evil seeks out truth falsified

                                 7.   Optimism can exist on three levels- natural, spiritual, and


a.       As we read sacred scripture we learn that God co-manages our lives

8.      Everyone, including those in negative affect are being co-managed by God

a.       He helps us to make rational decisions

b.      We will end up in the heavens or hells of our mind depending upon our mental state


II.                 Mood Swings

A.     Everyone’s mood changes, no one’s mood will remain a constant

B.     We have mood changes from happy to mad, mad to sad, etc.

1.      These are called mood swings

C.     Our moods and feelings are dependent upon our relationship with the vertical community

1.      Mood swings are created by spirit societies

2.      God controls this based upon our individual needs in order for us to go through regeneration

a.       God manages the feelings that we experience

D.     The purpose of changes in our moods is to allow ourselves to become aware of our feelings and desires

1.      We would not be capable of this if our moods were always constant



Related Websites:

I chose this website because it discusses the power of positive thinking.  It states that our feelings and beliefs are internal thoughts; both conscious and unconscious.  This is related to the ideas in Theistic Psychology.  I also enjoyed this website because it emphasizes the positive influence positive thinking can have on our lives.

I chose this website because it discusses both positive and negative thinking.  It describes the impact such thinking has on our lives.  I also liked this website because it provides information on what people can do to start thinking in positive ways.

I chose this website because it gives information about mood swings.  This particular reading that I chose did not go into too much detail about solutions to mood swings, or the symptoms of mood swings.  This website does provide much more detail on such information.



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