Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Capstone Projects

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Thesis or dissertation

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This capstone examines how adversity and challenge are favorable conditions for developing friendship. In Part I, I provide an overview of positive psychology, and how my capstone topic fits into the science of well being. In Part II I gather the research and literature on friendship from positive psychology, philosophy and evolutionary psychology and bring forward their wisdom on how adversity fosters connection. In Part III, I define adversity, distinguish it from trauma and discuss how friends could seek an appropriate amount of challenge in their shared experiences. Finally in Part IV, I build on several psychological theories to introduce the theoretical foundations for my own construct: Virtue Resonance. I outline the psychological theories and research to visualize how virtue can resonate and grow between friends.


Friendship, virtue, adversity, philosophy, positivity resonance, positive psychology, positive relationships, character strengths


Positive Relationships, Friendship, Character Strengths and Virtues, Positive Humanities,


Literature Review

Additional Files

Virtue_Resonance_Poster_Baccash_2022.pdf (202 kB)
Poster summary



Date Posted: 15 August 2022