Broad minded affective coping (BMAC): A "Positive" CBT approach to facilitating positive emotions

Nicholas Tarrier

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    This article describes a new cognitive-behavioral treatment Broad Minded Affective Coping (BMAC) based upon Frederickson and colleagues' "broaden and build" theoretical model of positive emotions. Simply, negative emotions are threatfocused and survival based whereas positive emotions broadened thought-action repertoires and increase access to a much wider range of psychological resources. Thus constructive and positive cognition and behaviour are more likely to arise from the experience of positive emotional states. The theoretical underpinnings of, and the clinical procedures to, BMAC are described. BMAC aims through the use of mental imagery to elicit positive past memories and the positive emotional states associated with them. BMAC is indicated as a tactical addition to cognitive behavioural treatments and a number of cases are briefly described to indicate its clinical feasibility and acceptability. © 2010 International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)64-76
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Cognitive Therapy
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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