Designers of Positive Feedback Controllers (PFCs) arbitrarily place poles into the left-hand half-plane of the complex plane without any detailed understanding of where to stop. This works aims to clearly demonstrate, via rigorous mathematical derivation, the conditions for which pole–placement becomes possible. It also highlights the design limits for the family of second–order PFCs—the most popular PFC group. To this end, the complete family of PFCs, namely, Positive Acceleration Velocity Position Feedback and its derivatives, are analysed in great depth with respect to pure damping and also with respect to combined damping and tracking applications. To showcase the practical value and validity of this work, experimental results on a piezoelectric nanopositioner are also presented and discussed.