Factor Structure of the “Top Ten” Positive Emotions of Barbara Fredrickson
- Published Article
- Frontiers in Psychology
- Frontiers Media SA
- Publication Date
- May 14, 2021
- DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.641804
In order to contribute to the consolidation in the field of Positive Psychology, we reinvestigated the factor structure of top 10 positive emotions of Barbara Fredrickson. Former research in experimental settings resulted in a three-cluster solution, which we tested with exploratory and confirmatory methodology against different factor models. Within our non-experimental data (N = 312), statistical evidence is presented, advocating for a single factor model of the 10 positive emotions. Different possible reasons for the deviating results are discussed, as well as the theoretical significance to various subfields in Positive Psychology (e.g., therapeutical interventions). Furthermore, the special role of awe within the study and its implications for further research in the field are discussed.