Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People, Volume 1, Discovering Human Strengths

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Positive psychology is a movement that emphasizes what is right with people rather than what is wrong with them. Most of psychology tends to focus on negatives and mental illness. Positive psychology is an attempt to redress the balance and focus on the positive aspects of life (human strengths and virtues that are found in the happiest people).

Positive psychology development programs are becoming commonplace in businesses, schools, and places of worship. Social scientists have...

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Overview

Positive psychology is a movement that emphasizes what is right with people rather than what is wrong with them. Most of psychology tends to focus on negatives and mental illness. Positive psychology is an attempt to redress the balance and focus on the positive aspects of life (human strengths and virtues that are found in the happiest people).

Positive psychology development programs are becoming commonplace in businesses, schools, and places of worship. Social scientists have learned more about how people respond to emotional experiences in productive ways. They now know more than they once did about curbing the effects of negative emotions, about making the most of positive emotions, and about how these practices lead to positive life outcomes. Given these discoveries, this set addresses the strengths, emotions, positive growth, and human flourishing of positive psychology. The essays expose the reader to the psychological findings that will shape positive psychology for decades to come. Each chapter is written with the goal of bringing research in positive psychology to life for the reader. The real-world implications of scholarship are communicated via anecdotes and case studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275993511
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 236

Meet the Author

SHANE J. LOPEZ is Associate Professor of Counseling at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he teaches courses in positive psychology, psychological assessment, and educational leadership. He is also a Gallup senior scientist, consulting primarily with The Gallup Education Division and Gallup University. He serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Positive Psychology and on the advisory board for Ready, Set, Learn, The Discovery Channel's pre-school educational television programming. Through his current research programs, Lopez is examining the effectiveness of hope training programs in the schools (under the auspices of the Making Hope Happen Program), refining a model of psychological courage, and exploring the link between soft life skills and hard outcomes in education, work, health, and family functioning.

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Table of Contents

Volume 1: Discovering Human Strengths

Preface

1. Discovering Your Strengths Jeff G. Rettew & Shane J. Lopez

2. Making the Most of Human Strengths Kelly Bowers

3. Human Strengths: Differences that Bring Us Together Linda Cantwell

4. If Bad is Stronger than Good, Why Focus on Human Strength? Roy F. Baumeister & Erin A. Sparks

5. Being Wise at Any Age Monika Ardelt

6. Can Courage be Learned? Cynthia L. S. Pury

7. The Health Benefits of Optimism Heather N. Rasmussen & Stephanie C. Wallio

8. Living Lessons: The Psychological Strengths of Martin Luther King, Jr. Suzanne Rice

9. An Agentic Perspective on Positive Psychology Albert Bandura

Volume 2: Capitalizing on Emotional Experiences

Preface

1. The Broadening, Building, Buffering Effects of Positive Emotions Bethany Kok, Lahnna Catalino, & Barbara Fredrickson

2. Personal Narratives, Positive Emotions, and Long Lives: The Nun Study Deborah Danner, Wallace Friesen, & Scott Collier

3. Exercising Gratitude Jo-Ann Tsang, Wade Rowatt, & Ruth Nam

4. The Gratitude of Youth Jeffrey Froh & Giacomo Bono

5. For the Good of Others: Toward a Positive Psychology of Sacrifice Emily Impett & Amie Gordon

6. Helping behavior and positive emotions: Implications for health and well-being Amanda J. Dillard, Ashley Schiavone, & Stephanie L. Brown

7. Emotional Intelligence: Living Intelligently with Emotions Susan David & Nassim Ebrahimi

8. Allophilia: Beyond Tolerance Todd L. Pittinsky & Laura Maruskin

9. Re-envisioning Mens Emotional Lives: Stereotypes, Struggles, and Strengths Joel Wong & Aaron Rochelen

Volume 3: Growing in the Face of Adversity

Preface

1. GrowthThrough Loss and Adversity: A Choice Worth Making Robert J. Fazio, Tayyab Rashid, & HSien Hayward

2. Personal Growth after Relationship Breakups Margit Berman, Ty Tashiro, & Patricia A. Frazier

3. Romantic Conflict and Its Resolution Tammy Lowery Zacchilli, Susan S. Hendrick, & Clyde Hendrick

4. Forgiveness is a Matter of Choice: Forgiveness Education for Young Children Anthony C. Holter, Chad M. Magnuson, & Robert D. Engright

5. The Self-Determination of Adolescents with Intellectual Disability Michael L. Wehmeyer & Karrie A. Shogren

6. Overcoming Stereotype Threat Joshua Aronson & Leoandra Rogers

7. Career Flexibility Christopher A. Ebberwein

8. Emotional Storytelling after Stressful Experiences Melanie A. Greenberg

Volume 4: Pursuing Human Flourishing

Preface

1. Who Flourishes? The Criteria of Complete Mental Health Virginia M. Ambler

2. Toward a Durable Happiness Jaime L. Kurtz & Sonja Lyubomirsky

3. Will Money Buy Happiness? David G. Myers

4. Presenting a Positive Alternative to Strivings for Material Success and the Thin-Ideal: Understanding the Effects of Extrinsic Relative to Intrinsic Goal Pursuits Maarten Vansteenkiste, Bart Soenens, & Bart Duriez

5. Positive Schooling Rich Gilman, E. Scott Huebner, & Matthew Buckman

6. Employee Engagement James K. Harter

7. Families that Work John Eagle

8. How Smart Girls Become Talented Women Barbara A. Kerr & Amber Larson

9. Practicing Authentic Leadership Bruce J. Avolio & Tara S. Wernsing

10. Cultivating Civic Engagement Lonnie R. Sherrod & James Lauckhardt

11. Positive Psychotherapy Tayyab Rashid

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