The Psychology of Gratitude

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Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired very little vigorous, empirical research. In an effort to remedy this oversight, this volume brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what has become known as the most-neglected emotion. This work contributes a great deal to the growing positive psychology initiative and to the scientific investigation of positive human emotions. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and students in social, personality, and developmental, clinical, and health psychology, as well as to sociologists and cultural anthropologists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195150100
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Series in Affective Science Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

University of California, Davis

University of Miami

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Table of Contents

Preface, Robert C. Solomon
1. The Psychology of Gratitude, Robert A. Emmons
Part I: Philosophical and Theological Foundations
2. Gratitude in the History of Ideas, Edward Harpham
3. Gratitude in Judaism, Solomon Schimmel
4. The Blessings of Gratitude: A Conceptual Analysis, Robert C. Roberts
Part II: Social, Personality and Developmental Approaches to Gratitude
5. Gratitude in Modern Life: Its Manifestations and Development, Dan P. McAdams and Jack Bauer
6. The Gratitude of Exchange and the Gratitude of Caring: A Developmental-Interactionist Perspective of Moral Emotions, Ross Buck
7. Parent of the Virtues? The Prosocial Contours of Gratitude, Michael E. McCullough and Jo-Ann Tsang
Part III: Perspectives from Emotion Theory
8. Gratitude (Like Other Positive Emotions) Broadens and Builds, Barbara L. Fredrickson
9. Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being, Philip Watkins
Part IV: Perspectives from Anthropology and Biology
10. Gratitude and Gift Exchange, Aafke Komter
11. Primate Social Reciprocity and the Origin of Gratitude, Kristin Bonnie and Frans de Waal
12. Gratitude and the Heart: The Psychophysiology of Appreciation, Rollin McCraty and Doc Childre
Part V: Discussion and Conclusions
13. Gratitude: Considerations From a Moral Perspective, Charles Shelton
14. Gratitude as Thankfulness and as Gratefulness, Brother David Steindl-Rast
Appendix: Annotated Bibliography of Research on Gratitude, Jo-Ann Tsang & Michael E. McCullough

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