The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology / Edition 1

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Positive psychology, the pursuit of understanding optimal human functioning, is reshaping the scholarly and public views of how we see the science of psychology. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology provides a comprehensive and accessible summary of this growing area of scholarship and practice.
• 288 specially commissioned entries written by 150 leading international researchers, educators, and practitioners in positive psychology
• covers topics of interest across all social sciences as well as business and industry
• the most current, extensive, and accessible treatment of the subject available
• topical primer clarifies basic constructs and processes associated with positive psychology
• will be useful to students, teachers, practitioners, businesspeople, and policy makers

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"University libraries catering for academic work in psychology, even if its proponents do not specifically call themselves positive psychologists, can be recommended to put this book on their wish lists." (Reference Reviews, July 2009)

"The work is extremely well indexed, which for browsers has the effect of deepening its content substantially." (Choice Reviews, June 2009)

"The strength of the work is that it speaks to everyone clearly, concisely, and in plain English." (Library Journal, April 2009)

Library Journal

The concept that happy individuals are successful across domains resonates within the scholarly, practitioner, and public views of optimal human functioning, and its study is called positive psychology. Now that positive psychology has reached its ten-year mark, it has grown into a fully developed discipline within the context of general psychology. Lopez, research director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, as well as a Gallup senior scientist, brings together a basic study in this interdisciplinary field. With 300 entries ranging from 400 to 4500 words, authored by over 150 leading international researchers, educators, and practitioners in the field of positive psychology, this comprehensive summary articulates the breadth, scope, and depth within the landscape of positive psychology. Written as a primer for the novice, it provides insight into the constructs and processes embedded in this arena together with extensive treatment of the subject across the social sciences. Entries include, among many others, "Altruism Hope Positive Emotions," "Character Education Insight Psychological Capital," "Emotional Intelligence Learned Optimism Strength," and "Well Being." The strength of the work is that it speaks to everyone clearly, concisely, and in plain English. Yet given this strength, providing a more comprehensive list of references would have enhanced the content significantly.
—Marianne E. Giltrud

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405161251
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1160
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 3.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Shane J. Lopez is the Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, as well as a Gallup senior scientist. He is co-editor with C. Rick Snyder on the Handbook of Positive Psychology (2002) and Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (2003 and also co-author with C.Rick Snyder on the textbook Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths (2002).

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Table of Contents

300 entries of four different sizes (4500, 1500, 600, 400 words). Some entries include:






Close Relationships





Emotional Intelligence

















Learned Optimism

Life Satisfaction


Mental Health

Moral Judgment



Positive Emotions

Positive Youth Development


Psychological Capital







Successful Aging





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