Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification / Edition 1

Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification / Edition 1

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by Christopher Peterson, Martin E. P. Seligman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195167015

ISBN-13: 9780195167016

Pub. Date: 04/08/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Character" has become a front-and-center topic in contemporary discourse, but this term does not have a fixed meaning. Character may be simply defined by what someone does not do, but a more active and thorough definition is necessary, one that addresses certain vital questions. Is character a singular characteristic of an individual, or is it composed

Overview

"Character" has become a front-and-center topic in contemporary discourse, but this term does not have a fixed meaning. Character may be simply defined by what someone does not do, but a more active and thorough definition is necessary, one that addresses certain vital questions. Is character a singular characteristic of an individual, or is it composed of different aspects? Does character—however we define it—exist in degrees, or is it simply something one happens to have? How can character be developed? Can it be learned? Relatedly, can it be taught, and who might be the most effective teacher? What roles are played by family, schools, the media, religion, and the larger culture? This groundbreaking handbook of character strengths and virtues is the first progress report from a prestigious group of researchers who have undertaken the systematic classification and measurement of widely valued positive traits. They approach good character in terms of separate strengths-authenticity, persistence, kindness, gratitude, hope, humor, and so on-each of which exists in degrees.

Character Strengths and Virtues classifies twenty-four specific strengths under six broad virtues that consistently emerge across history and culture: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each strength is thoroughly examined in its own chapter, with special attention to its meaning, explanation, measurement, causes, correlates, consequences, and development across the life span, as well as to strategies for its deliberate cultivation. This book demands the attention of anyone interested in psychology and what it can teach about the good life.

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ISBN-13:
9780195167016
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/08/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
816
Sales rank:
631,556
Product dimensions:
10.19(w) x 7.34(h) x 1.59(d)

Table of Contents

Contributorsxiii
Section IBackground
1Introduction to a "Manual of the Sanities"3
2Universal Virtues?--Lessons From History33
3Previous Classifications of Character Strengths53
Section IIStrengths of Character
Strengths of Wisdom and Knowledge
Introduction93
4Creativity [Originality, Ingenuity]109
5Curiosity [Interest, Novelty-Seeking, Openness to Experience]125
6Open-Mindedness [Judgment, Critical Thinking]143
7Love of Learning161
8Perspective [Wisdom]181
Strengths of Courage
Introduction197
9Bravery [Valor]213
10Persistence [Perseverance, Industriousness]229
11Integrity [Authenticity, Honesty]249
12Vitality [Zest, Enthusiasm, Vigor, Energy]273
Strengths of Humanity
Introduction291
13Love303
14Kindness [Generosity, Nurturance, Care, Compassion, Altruistic Love, "Niceness"]325
15Social Intelligence [Emotional Intelligence, Personal Intelligence]337
Strengths of Justice
Introduction355
16Citizenship [Social Responsibility, Loyalty, Teamwork]369
17Fairness391
18Leadership413
Strengths of Temperance
Introduction429
19Forgiveness and Mercy445
20Humility and Modesty461
21Prudence477
22Self-Regulation [Self-Control]499
Strengths of Transcendence
Introduction517
23Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence [Awe, Wonder, Elevation]537
24Gratitude553
25Hope [Optimism, Future-Mindedness, Future Orientation]569
26Humor [Playfulness]583
27Spirituality [Religiousness, Faith, Purpose]599
Section IIIConclusions
28Assessment and Applications625
References645
Index of Names763
Subject Index789

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This book is very good in that it appraoches veirtue from a modern perspective.