A therapeutic tool for boosting mood: the broad-minded affective coping procedure (BMAC)

J. Johnson, P. A. Gooding, A. M. Wood, K. L. Fair, N. Tarrier

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The broaden-and-build theory of emotions suggests that positive emotions such as happiness and hope expand thought-action repertoires and support the building of resources and resilience to a variety of psychological disorders. Even brief, transient experiences of positive emotions have been found to increase resilience measured one month later, suggesting a role for clinical mood inductions. 

This study presents a preliminary test of the new Broad-Minded Affective Coping (BMAC) procedure, a positive emotion induction technique involving the recall of positive autobiographical memories. Fifty people with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders were randomly allocated to a condition where they either experienced the BMAC or a control procedure. Participants who took part in the BMAC showed greater increases in both hope and happiness. 

These results suggest that the BMAC represents a practical and effective method for boosting mood amongst individuals with psychosis-spectrum disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-70
Number of pages10
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Broaden-and-build
  • Positive clinical psychology
  • Positive emotions
  • Psychosis
  • Resilience
  • Schizophrenia


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