Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths / Edition 2

Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths / Edition 2

by C. (Charles) R. (Richard) Snyder, Shane J. Lopez, Jennifer T. (Teramoto) Pedrotti
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412981956

ISBN-13: 9781412981958

Pub. Date: 09/14/2010

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Written by two leaders of the positive psychology initiative, this book brings positive social science to life through a comprehensive review of literature and well-crafted exercises that encourage readers to put positive psychology principles to the test. Positive Psychology: Scientific and Practical Applications of Human Strengths covers western and

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Written by two leaders of the positive psychology initiative, this book brings positive social science to life through a comprehensive review of literature and well-crafted exercises that encourage readers to put positive psychology principles to the test. Positive Psychology: Scientific and Practical Applications of Human Strengths covers western and eastern approaches to understanding human strengths, along with the cultural and developmental influences on positive functioning. Major approaches for measuring and enhancing human strengths and capitalizing on positive experiences are described.

Key Features:

  • Provides an in-depth discussion of science and applications associated with human strengths and positive emotions
  • Offers contents developed in coordination with syllabus recommendations being formulated by the Positive Psychology Network national task force to ensure a good fit with this emerging market
  • Includes pedagogical features such as chapter-opening quotes and introductions, over 50 case histories and special comments by leaders in the field, and Personal Mini-Experiments and Life Enhancement Strategies to help readers apply positive psychology principles to their daily lives

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412981958
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/14/2010
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
616
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

1Welcome to positive psychology3
Building human strength : psychology's forgotten mission4
You smile, I smile13
Person mini-experiments : what you want to experience13
2Western perspectives on positive psychology23
3Eastern perspectives on positive psychology37
4Classifications and measures of human strengths and positive outcomes51
Personal mini-experiments : discovering and capitalizing on your strengths67
5Developing strengths and living well in a cultural context81
Main message : culture counts82
Personal mini-experiments : culture-free or culturally embedded daily practice87
Situating positive psychology90
The wise man of the gulf94
6Living well at every stage of life99
An excerpt from finding strength : how to overcome anything108
A positive youth - Rose Naughtin's story : "I had two heart transplants"111
One man's view of aging120
Personal mini-experiments : finding amazing people of all ages121
7The principles of pleasure : understanding positive affect, positive emotions, happiness, and well-being127
The positive and negative affect schedule130
Personal mini-experiments : in search of joy and lasting happiness132
Positive emotion styles linked to the common cold135
The satisfaction with life scale139
Excerpts from authentic happiness141
Beach man named nation's happiest141
Life enhancement strategies146
8Making the most of emotional experiences : emotion-focused coping, emotional intelligence, socioemotional selectivity, and emotional storytelling149
Who is emotionally intelligent - and does it matter?158
Emotional storytelling after a traumatic event163
Personal mini-experiments : making the most of emotions in everyday life165
Life enhancement strategies166
9Seeing our futures through self-efficacy, optimism, and hope171
Being busy not an end in itself172
Changing behavior through TV heroes179
The CAVE and predicting baseball outcomes185
Life enhancement strategies195
Personal mini-experiments : balancing your perspective on time197
10Wisdom and courage : two universal virtues209
Wisdom difficult to define, attain211
Amputee Parry honored as most courageous228
Late night's David Letterman's : take on courage - September 17, 2001234
United States Senator John McCain's view on strengthening courage - April 2004234
Can courage be learned?237
Personal mini-experiments : in search of the wisdom and courage of everyday people ... including yourself238
Life enhancement strategies239
11Mindfulness, flow, and spirituality : in search of optimal experiences243
Living with mindfulness250
Personal mini-experiments : in search of optimal experiences253
Life enhancement strategies259
12Empathy and egotism : portals to altruism, gratitude, and forgiveness265
Personal mini-experiments : exercises in altruism, gratitude, and forgiveness271
Thanking your heroes275
Life enhancement strategies290
13Attachment, love, and flourishing relationships297
Personal mini-experiments : in search of love and flourishing relationships302
Life enhancement strategies309
A lot of love in the lovemaking : avoiding chaos, relationshipwise312
Praise : encouraging signs317
14Balanced conceptualizations of mental health and behavior325
15Interceding to prevent the bad and enhance the good347
Personal mini-experiments : enhancing your daily life370
16Positive schooling379
Personal mini-experiments : the power of positive (and negative) teachers382
The Baylor University StrenghtsQuest program395
Dr. Brewer has passion for art of teaching397
17Good work : the psychology of gainful employment407
Personal mini-experiments : becoming gainfully employed437
18The me/we balance : building better communities445
Personal mini-experiments : getting and giving help450
19Going positive475
Imagine our world if positive psychology succeeds488
Embracing positive psychology tenets as crucial advice for clinical psychology488
Spirituality and positive psychology489
Joining other scientists in search of the spiritual489
Building on the "third pillar" : positive communities490
The role of positive psychology in maintaining hope and balance490
Learning from the 2005 hurricanes491
Toward a positive psychology of the whole person491
A positive psychology of reaching out and bridging492
Proactive coping492
The role of positive psychology in urban migration and increased life spans493
Health and care for all : the challenges for the 21st century493
The need for greater commitment to a broader sense of community494
Happiness is the best medicine494
Acknowledging the good with the bad495
Mainstreaming positive psychology ideas495
On partnering and getting our message out496
Maintain scientific integrity in the quest for relevance and application496
Building a universal positive psychology497
Positive psychology in a cultural context498
Giving positive psychology away498
The power of attitude : the tales of Johnsy and Jerry498
AppPositive social science500

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