A Task-Focused Mind Is a Happy and Productive Mind: A Processing Perspective

Michael D. Robinson*, Maya Tamir

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter seeks to make the point that positive psychological functioning can be viewed in terms of task-focused rather than self-focused processing. It makes a strong case for this idea and links it to multiple and diverse sources of evidence. Subsequently, however, multiple questions concerning the model are discussed. Such questions include relations of the dual-process model to other dual-process models, potential boundary conditions, and directions for future research.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationDesigning Positive Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationTaking Stock and Moving Forward
EditorsKennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, Michael F. Steger.
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893263
ISBN (Print)9780195373585
StatePublished - 1 May 2011

Publication series

NameSeries in positive psychology

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2011 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Dual-process model
  • Positive psychology
  • Psychological functioning
  • Self-focused processing
  • Task-focused processing


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