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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Book News
"This undergraduate text introduces a new field of psychology that emphasizesqualities that make life worthwhile rather than pathologies. "— Sci Tech
Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books of Books
"A strength of the present book is that, in comparison to the other available positive psychology texts, this one is the strongest by far in its coverage of cross-cultural issues. The book also is attractive in that it is replete with photographs, charts, tables, and graphs that have both substance and style. The publication of this superb text is an opportunity to reflect on the excellent progress made thus far towards the realization of the agenda envisioned by the positive psychology movement's founders. "— Grant J. Rich
Dean K. Simonton
"There is no single-authored text specifically devoted to positive psychology. Hence, a book like this is definitely needed. Positive psychology has become a ‘hot’ topic…Increasingly, more courses are being offered in positive psychology, and the Templeton Foundation even gives an award for the best courses in this area. In addition, the text can be used in other, more established classes, such as clinical, health, or humanistic psychology.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“I know that Snyder has been involved in these issues from early on…The likelihood of this ... catching fire is quite good. "
David G. Myers
"The field is ripe for it and the market for it will indeed grow. Moreover, as leaders in the movement, and as editors of the massive new Handbook of Positive Psychology, they are as well prepared as anyone I can imagine to pull this off. Add to that Rick Snyder’s record of productivity and his accomplishments as a teacher, and I think you could depend on a timely and first-rate piece of work from them. "
Shelly Gable
“...If I would teach a positive psychology course, this would be my required text. I know of no other book like it. It is needed.”
Book News - Sci Tech
"This undergraduate text introduces a new field of psychology that emphasizesqualities that make life worthwhile rather than pathologies."
Deborah Renner Hull
"This is a very "readable" book . . . It was well worth the time spent reading it and I have already incorporated several of the concepts into my work."
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books - Grant J. Rich
"A strength of the present book is that, in comparison to the other available positive psychology texts, this one is the strongest by far in its coverage of cross-cultural issues. The book also is attractive in that it is replete with photographs, charts, tables, and graphs that have both substance and style. The publication of this superb text is an opportunity to reflect on the excellent progress made thus far towards the realization of the agenda envisioned by the positive psychology movement's founders."
Mike Trent
"Your text goes into much more depth in chapter, in fact in most areas of the book. It backs up what it says with current research, and explains that research so well that I will be able to use it in a community college. It is well written. Even though there are two authors, one can't tell who wrote which chapters; that is unusual. Finally, it is the best that is out there for a Positive Psychology text; it sets the standard that others should meet."
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi
“I know that Snyder has been involved in these issues from early on…The likelihood of this ... catching fire is quite good."
Book News - SciTech
"This undergraduate text introduces a new field of psychology that emphasizesqualities that make life worthwhile rather than pathologies."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412981958
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 616
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

C. R. Snyder, Ph.D. (deceased) was the Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Internationally known for his work at the interface of clinical, social, personality, and health psychology, his theories have pertained to how people react to personal feedback, the human need for uniqueness, the ubiquitous drive to excuse transgressions and, most recently, the hope motive. He received 31 research awards and 27 teaching awards at the university, state, and national levels. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from Indiana Wesleyan University. Snyder has appeared many times on national American television shows, and he has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio. His scholarly work on the human need for uniqueness received the rare recognition of being the subject matter of an entire Sunday cartoon sequence by Gary Trudeau. All of these accomplishments were packaged in a graying and self-effacing absent-minded professor who says of himself, “If you don’t laugh at yourself, you have missed the biggest joke of all!”

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute. Dr. Lopez has published more than 100 articles and chapters and 10 books in addition to Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. These include Making Hope Happen, his first trade book; The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People; The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology; and The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue (with Cynthia Pury). Dr. Lopez is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the International Positive Psychology Association. A professor of education for a decade, he is now professor of business at the University of Kansas.

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she has been teaching positive psychology with a multicultural focus for over 10 years. She is the lead editor on a new edited volume entitled Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism and Positive Psychology (with Lisa M. Edwards), and recently spoke on the topic of including cultural context in positive psychological discussions as a keynote speaker at the Asian Pacific Conference on Applied Positive Psychology in Hong Kong. Dr. Teramoto Pedrotti has contributed to many different volumes throughout her career such as The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychological Interventions, Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology, and the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling. In addition, her work has appeared in multiple journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of Positive Psychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Professional School Counseling. As a Diversity and Inclusivity Faculty Mentor on her campus, she works with students daily in culturally competent ways to identify and enhance their strengths.

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Table of Contents

1 Welcome to positive psychology 3
Building human strength : psychology's forgotten mission 4
You smile, I smile 13
Person mini-experiments : what you want to experience 13
2 Western perspectives on positive psychology 23
3 Eastern perspectives on positive psychology 37
4 Classifications and measures of human strengths and positive outcomes 51
Personal mini-experiments : discovering and capitalizing on your strengths 67
5 Developing strengths and living well in a cultural context 81
Main message : culture counts 82
Personal mini-experiments : culture-free or culturally embedded daily practice 87
Situating positive psychology 90
The wise man of the gulf 94
6 Living well at every stage of life 99
An excerpt from finding strength : how to overcome anything 108
A positive youth - Rose Naughtin's story : "I had two heart transplants" 111
One man's view of aging 120
Personal mini-experiments : finding amazing people of all ages 121
7 The principles of pleasure : understanding positive affect, positive emotions, happiness, and well-being 127
The positive and negative affect schedule 130
Personal mini-experiments : in search of joy and lasting happiness 132
Positive emotion styles linked to the common cold 135
The satisfaction with life scale 139
Excerpts from authentic happiness 141
Beach man named nation's happiest 141
Life enhancement strategies 146
8 Making the most of emotional experiences : emotion-focused coping, emotional intelligence, socioemotional selectivity, and emotional storytelling 149
Who is emotionally intelligent - and does it matter? 158
Emotional storytelling after a traumatic event 163
Personal mini-experiments : making the most of emotions in everyday life 165
Life enhancement strategies 166
9 Seeing our futures through self-efficacy, optimism, and hope 171
Being busy not an end in itself 172
Changing behavior through TV heroes 179
The CAVE and predicting baseball outcomes 185
Life enhancement strategies 195
Personal mini-experiments : balancing your perspective on time 197
10 Wisdom and courage : two universal virtues 209
Wisdom difficult to define, attain 211
Amputee Parry honored as most courageous 228
Late night's David Letterman's : take on courage - September 17, 2001 234
United States Senator John McCain's view on strengthening courage - April 2004 234
Can courage be learned? 237
Personal mini-experiments : in search of the wisdom and courage of everyday people ... including yourself 238
Life enhancement strategies 239
11 Mindfulness, flow, and spirituality : in search of optimal experiences 243
Living with mindfulness 250
Personal mini-experiments : in search of optimal experiences 253
Life enhancement strategies 259
12 Empathy and egotism : portals to altruism, gratitude, and forgiveness 265
Personal mini-experiments : exercises in altruism, gratitude, and forgiveness 271
Thanking your heroes 275
Life enhancement strategies 290
13 Attachment, love, and flourishing relationships 297
Personal mini-experiments : in search of love and flourishing relationships 302
Life enhancement strategies 309
A lot of love in the lovemaking : avoiding chaos, relationshipwise 312
Praise : encouraging signs 317
14 Balanced conceptualizations of mental health and behavior 325
15 Interceding to prevent the bad and enhance the good 347
Personal mini-experiments : enhancing your daily life 370
16 Positive schooling 379
Personal mini-experiments : the power of positive (and negative) teachers 382
The Baylor University StrenghtsQuest program 395
Dr. Brewer has passion for art of teaching 397
17 Good work : the psychology of gainful employment 407
Personal mini-experiments : becoming gainfully employed 437
18 The me/we balance : building better communities 445
Personal mini-experiments : getting and giving help 450
19 Going positive 475
Imagine our world if positive psychology succeeds 488
Embracing positive psychology tenets as crucial advice for clinical psychology 488
Spirituality and positive psychology 489
Joining other scientists in search of the spiritual 489
Building on the "third pillar" : positive communities 490
The role of positive psychology in maintaining hope and balance 490
Learning from the 2005 hurricanes 491
Toward a positive psychology of the whole person 491
A positive psychology of reaching out and bridging 492
Proactive coping 492
The role of positive psychology in urban migration and increased life spans 493
Health and care for all : the challenges for the 21st century 493
The need for greater commitment to a broader sense of community 494
Happiness is the best medicine 494
Acknowledging the good with the bad 495
Mainstreaming positive psychology ideas 495
On partnering and getting our message out 496
Maintain scientific integrity in the quest for relevance and application 496
Building a universal positive psychology 497
Positive psychology in a cultural context 498
Giving positive psychology away 498
The power of attitude : the tales of Johnsy and Jerry 498
App Positive social science 500
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