An attentional bias is a predisposition of our attention to process certain types of information before others. Attentional biases in anxiety disorders are characterized by their intrinsic negativity, in particular, their consistency in selecting threatening stimuli instead of neutral or positive stimuli. Positive psychology can help with interventions such as working on people’s emotional maps, gratitude journals, character strengths, and mindfulness interventions.
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Much research has been done about character strengths, their benefits, and how to incorporate them into practice, including some recent research on gender differences in character strengths. Gender differences in character strengths should not be used to justify a “gender war”, but they can be used as a starting point for understanding the origin and development of strengths and their connections with resilience, health, and psychosocial well-being.