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Overview

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Second Edition is the seminal reference in the burgeoning field of positive psychology, which, in recent years, has transcended academia to capture the imagination of the general public. The handbook provides a roadmap for the psychology needed by the majority of the population—those who don't need treatment, but want to achieve the lives to which they aspire. The 65 chapters summarize all of the relevant literature in the field, and each of the international slate of contributors is essentially defining a lifetime of research. The content's breadth and depth provide an unparalleled cross-disciplinary look at positive psychology from diverse fields and all branches of psychology, including social, clinical, personality, counseling, school, and developmental psychology. Topics include not only happiness—which has been perhaps misrepresented in the popular media as the entirety of the field—but also hope, strengths, positive emotions, life longings, creativity, emotional creativity, courage, and more, plus guidelines for applying what has worked for people across time and cultures.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: The premise of the field of positive psychology is to focus on the positive side of human nature without ignoring the traditional problem-focused aspect. This book integrates research with clinical practice, and concludes with searching for answers to one of the most important philosophical questions: What is the meaning of life? The first edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: According to the preface, the book is intended to help readers "look seriously at the positive in people and the world." In chapter one, the authors note, "Here, we try to make a more succinct case for positive psychology's value to the discipline and to society. We also discuss the need to enhance science and the science-practice integration over the next decade of positive psychology work."
Audience: The book would appeal to practitioners, although graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology would also benefit. Shane Lopez is research director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. C.R. Snyder, now deceased, was a professor of psychology at the University of Kansas for 34 years. The approximately 120 contributors represent an international authorship from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and South Korea.
Features: A history and introduction to the field of positive psychology begins the book. The editors and authors make an important distinction between positive psychology and the medical model or pathology-driven clinical work. Various theoretical approaches to positive psychology are introduced including emotional, cognitive, interpersonal, self-based, and biological. The book also mentions positive institutions such as schools and workplaces. It ends with thoughts about attaining greater happiness, as well as meaning and purpose in life. A shaded box with an abstract and keywords begins each chapter and discussion questions end the chapter. Tables and figures throughout help with understanding the material. This book is well written and challenges readers to see psychology in a whole new light, i.e. building on strengths and assets without ignoring problem areas. So many topics are discussed that most readers will be delighted in its breadth and depth. I particularly enjoyed chapter 52 on family-centered positive psychology and the guiding principles: family empowerment, acquisition of new skills and competencies, family-identified rather than professional-determined needs, use of existing family strengths, and strengthening social supports.
Assessment: This is an excellent book on a unique approach to psychology. The international authorship helps readers see positive psychology from many different vantage points. The book ends on a very hopeful note, talking about the importance of the work of therapists in helping clients and families find meaning and happiness — a point everyone can agree upon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195187243
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Research in Education, University of Kansas.

C.R. Snyder, Ph.D., was Wright Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Major Developments in Positive Psychology
1. A Case for Positive Psychology
Shane J. Lopez and Matthew W. Gallagher
2. Positive Psychology: Past, Present, and Future
Ed Diener
3. Positive Emotions
Michael Cohn and Barbara Fredrickson
4. Classifying and Measuring Strengths of Character
Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park
5. Positive Psychology Applications
P. Alex Linley, Stephen Joseph, John Maltby, and Alex M. Wood
6. Positive Psychology within a Cultural Context
Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Lisa M. Edwards, and Shane J. Lopez

Part Two: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Human Behavior
7. Stopping the "Madness": Positive Psychology and Deconstructing the Illness Ideology and the DSM
James Maddux
8. Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A Case for Including Human Strengths and Environmental Resources
Beatrice Wright and Shane J. Lopez
9. Toward a Science of Mental Health
Corey L. M. Keyes
10. Measuring the Dynamics of Positive Human Health: From Covariance Systems to Dynamic Structures
Anthony D. Ong and Alex J. Zautra
11. Positive Ethics: Themes and Variations
Mitchell M. Handelsman, Samuel Knapp, Michael C. Gottlieb

Part Three: Positive Psychology across the Lifespan
12. Resilience in Development
Ann S. Masten, J. J. Cutili, Janette E. Herbers, and Marie-Gabrielle J. Reed
13. Positive Psychology for Children and Adolescents: Development, Prevention, and Promotion
Keri J. Brown Kirschman, Rebecca J. Johnson, Jade A. Bender, and Michael C. Roberts
14. The Positive Youth Development Perspective: Theoretical and Empirical Bases of a Strengths-Based Approach to Adolescent Development
Richard M. Lerner
15. Aging Well in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
Gail W. Williamson and Julie Christie
16. New Territories of Positive Lifespan Developments: Wisdom and Life Longings
Susanne Scheibe, Ute Kunzmann, and Paul B. Baltes

Part Four: Emotional Approaches
17. Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction
Ed Diener, Shigehiro Oishi, and Richard E. Lucas
18. Flow Theory and Research
Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
19. Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Positive Emotional States
David Watson and Kristin Naragon
20. The Social Construction of Self-Esteem
John P. Hewitt
21. Coping through Emotional Approach: Emerging Evidence for the Utility of Processing and Expressing Emotions in Responding to Stressors
Annette L. Stanton, Sarah J. Sullivan, and Jennifer L. Austenfeld
22. The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence
Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, David Caruso, and Seung Hee You
23. Emotional Creativity: Toward "Spiritualizing the Passions"
James Averill

Part Five: Cognitive Approaches
24. Creativity
Dean Keith Simonton
25. The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning
Suzanne Thompson
26. Mindfulness versus Personal Evaluation
Ellen Langer
27. Perspectives on Time
Ilona Boniwell
28. Optimism
Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier, Christopher J. Miller, and Daniel Fulford
29. Optimistic Explanatory Style
Christopher Peterson and Tracy A. Steen
30. Hope Theory
Kevin L. Rand and Jennifer S. Cheavens
31. Self-Efficacy: The Power of Believing You Can
James E. Maddux
32. Problem-Solving Appraisal and Psychological Adjustment
P. Paul Heppner and Dong-gwi Lee
33. Self-Determination
Michael L. Wehmeyer, Todd D. Little, and Julie Sergeant
34. Curiosity and Interest: The Benefits of Thriving on Novelty and Challenge
Todd B. Kashdan and Paul J. Silvia
35. Courage
Cynthia Pury and Shane J. Lopez

Part Six: Interpersonal Approaches
36. Relationship Connection: A Redux on the Role of Minding and the Quality of Feeling Special in the Enhancement of Closeness
John Harvey and Brian Pauwels
37. Compassion
Eric J. Cassell
38. Adult Attachment Security: The Relational Scaffolding of Positive Psychology
Frederick G. Lopez
39. Empathy and Altruism
C. Daniel Batson, Nadia Ahmad, and David A. Lishner
40. Forgiveness
Michael E. McCullough, Lindsey M. Root, Benjamin A. Tabak, Charlotte Witvliet
41. Furthering the Science of Gratitude
Philip Watkins, Michael Van Gelder, and Araceli Fias
42. Love
Clyde Hendrick and Susan S. Hendrick
43. For Richer...In Good Times...and In Health: Positive Process in Relationships
Natalya C. Maisel and Shelly L. Gable

Part Seven: Self-Based Approaches
44. What's Positive about Self-Verification?
Rebecca J. North and William B. Swann, Jr.
45. Reality Negotiation
Raymond L. Higgins and Matthew W. Gallagher
46. Humility
June Price Tangney
47. The Motive for Distinctiveness: Identity Construction in a Cultural Context
Vivian L. Vignoles

Part Eight: Biological Approaches
48. A Role of Neuropsychology in Understanding the Facilitating Influence of Positive Affect on Social Behavior and Cognitive Processes
Alice M. Isen
49. Toward a Biology of Social Support
Sally S. Dickerson and Peggy M. Zoccola
50. The Central Role of the Heart in Generating and Sustaining Positive Emotions
Rollin McCraty and Robert A. Rees
51. Toughness
Richard A. Dienstbier and Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig

Part Nine: Positive Institutions
52. Family-Centered Positive Psychology
Susan M. Sheridan and Jennifer D. Burt
53. Positive Schools
E. Scott Huebner, Rich Gilman, Amy L. Reschly, and Russell Hall
54. Positive Psychology on Campus
Laurie A. Schreiner, Eileen Hulme, Roderick Hetzel, and Shane J. Lopez
55. Positive Workplaces
Fred Luthans and Carolyn M. Youssef
56. Positive Institutions, Law, and Policy
Peter H. Huang and Jeremy A. Blumenthal

Part Ten: Specific Coping Approaches
57. Meditation and Positive Psychology
Shauna L. Shapiro
58. Spirituality: The Search for the Sacred
Kenneth I. Pargament and Annette Mahoney
59. Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking About Emotional Experiences
Kate G. Niederhoffer and James W. Pennebaker
60. Benefit-Finding and Growth
Suzanne C. Lechner, Howard Tennen, and Glenn Affleck
61. Making Sense of Loss, Perceiving Benefits, and Posttraumatic Growth
Christopher G. Davis and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
62. Happiness, Resilience, and Positive Growth following Physical Disability: Issues for Understanding, Research, and Therapeutic Intervention
Dana S. Dunn, Gitendra Uswatte, and Timothy Elliott

Part Eleven: Toward Better Lives
63. The Promise of Sustainable Happiness
Julia Boehm and Sonya Lyubomirsky
64. Meaning in Life
Michael F. Steger
65. The Future of Positive Psychology: Pursuing Three Big Goals
Shane J. Lopez

Part I: Major Developments in Positive Psychology
1. A Case for Positive Psychology, Shane J. Lopez and Matthew W. Gallagher
2. Positive Psychology: Past, Present, and Future, Ed Diener
3. Positive Emotions, Michael Cohn and Barbara Fredrickson
4. Classifying and Measuring Strengths of Character, Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park
5. Positive Psychology Applications, P. Alex Linley, Stephen Joseph, John Maltby, and Alex M. Wood
6. Positive Psychology within a Cultural Context, Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Lisa M. Edwards, and Shane J. Lopez
Part II: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Human Behavior
7. Stopping the "Madness": Positive Psychology and Deconstructing the Illness Ideology and the DSM, James Maddox
8. Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A Case for Including Human Strengths and Environmental Resources, Beatric Wright and Shane J. Lopez
9. Toward a Science of Mental Health, Corey L. M. Keyes
10. Measuring the Dynamics of Positive Human Health: From Covariance Systems to Dynamic Structures, Anthony D. Ong and Alex J. Sautra
11. Positive Ethics: Themes and Variations, Mitchell M. Handelsman, Samuel Knapp, and Michael C. Gottlieb
Part III: Positive Psychology across the Lifespan
12. Resilience in Development, Ann S. Masten, J. J. Cutili, Janette E. Herbers, and Marie-Gabrielle J. Reed
13. Positive Psychology for Children and Adolescents: Development, Prevention, and Promotion, Keri J. Brown Kirschman, Rebecca J. Johnson, Jade A. Bender, and Michael C. Roberts
14. The Positive Youth Development Perspective: Theoretical and Empirical Bases of a Strengths-Based Approach to Adolescent Development, Richard M. Lerner
15. Aging Well in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, Gail W. Williamson and Julie Christie
16. New Territories of Positive Lifespan Developments: Wisdom and Life Longings, Susanne Scheibe, Ute Kunzmann, and Paul B. Bates
Part IV: Emotional Approaches
17. Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction, Ed Diener, Shigehiro Oishi, and Richard E. Lucas
18. Flow Theory and Research, Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
19. Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Positive Emotional States, David Watson and Kristin Naragon
20. The Social Construction of Self-Esteem, John P. Hewitt
21. Coping through Emotional Approach: Emerging Evidence for the Utility of Processing and Expressing Emotions in Responding to Stressors, Annette L. Stanton, Sarah J. Sullivan, and Jennifer L. Austenfeld
22. The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence, Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, David Caruso, and Seung Hee You
23. Emotional Creativity: Toward "Spiritualizing the Passions", James Averill
Part V: Cognitive Approaches
24. Creativity, Dean Keith Simonton
25. The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning, Suzanne Thompson
26. Mindfulness versus Personal Evaluation, Ellen Langer
27. Perspectives on Time, Ilona Boniwell
28. Optimism, Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier, Christopher J. Miller, and Daniel Fulford
29. Optimistic Explanatory Style, Christopher Peterson and Tracy A. Steen
30. Hope Theory, Kevin L. Rand and Jennifer S. Cheavens
31. Self-Efficacy: The Power of Believing You Can, James E. Maddux
32. Problem-Solving Appraisal and Psychological Adjustment, P. Paul Heppner and Dong-gwi Lee
33. Self-Determination, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Todd D. Little, and Julie Sergeant
34. Curiosity and Interest: The Benefits of Thriving on Novelty and Challenge, Todd B. Kashdan and Paul J. Silvia
35. Courage, Cynthia Pury and Shane J. Lopez
Part VI: Interpersonal Relationships
36. Relationship Connection: A Redux on the Role of Minding and the Quality of Feeling Special in the Enhancement of Closeness, John Harvey and Brain Pauwels
37. Compassion, Eric J. Cassell
38. Adult Attachment Security: The Relational Scaffolding of Positive Psychology, Frederick G. Lopez
39. Empathy and Altruism, C. Daniel Batson, Nadia Ahmad, and David A. Lishner
40. Forgiveness, Michael E. McCullough, Lindsey M. Root, Bengamin A. Tabak, and Charlotte Witvliet
41. Furthering the Science of Gratitude, Philip Watkins, Michael Van Gelder, and Araceli Fias
42. Love, Clyde Hendrick and Susan S. Hendrick
43. For Richer...In Good Times...and in Health: Positive Process in Relationships, Natalya C. Maisel and Shelly L. Gable
Part VII: Self-Based Approaches
44. What's Positive about Self-Verification?, Rebecca J. North and William B. Swann, Jr.
45. Reality Negotiation, Raymond L. Higgins and Matthew W. Gallagher
46. Humility, June Price Tangney
47. The Motive for Distinctiveness: Identity Construction in a Cultural Context, Vivian L. Vignoles
Part VIII: Biological Approaches
48. A Role of Neuropsychology in Understanding the Facilitating Influence of Positive Affect on Social Behavior and Cognitive Processes, Alice M. Isen
49. Toward a Biology of Social Support, Sally S. Dickerson and Peggy M. Zoccola
50. The Central Role of the Heart in Generating and Sustaining Positive Emotions, Rollin McCraty and Robert A. Rees
51. Toughness, Richard A. Dienstbier and Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig
Part IX: Positive Institutions
52. Family-Centered Positive Psychology, Susan M. Sheridan and Jennifer D. Burt
53. Positive Schools, E. Scott Huebner, Rich Gilman, Amy L. Reschly, and Russell Hall
54. Positive Psychology on Campus, Laurie A. Schreiner, Eileen Hulme, Roderick Hetzel, and Shane J. Lopez
55. Positive Workplaces, Fred Luthans and Carolyn M. Youssef
56. Positive Institutions, Law, and Policy, Peter H. Huang and Jeremy A. Blumenthal
Part X: Specific Coping Approaches
57. Meditation and Positive Psychology, Shauna L. Shapiro
58. Spirituality: The Search for the Sacred, Kenneth I. Pargament and Annette Mahoney
59. Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking about Emotional Experiences, Kate G. Niederhoffer and James W. Pennebaker
60. Benefit-Finding and Growth, Suzanne C. Lechner, Howard Tennen, and Glenn Affleck
61. Making Sense of Loss, Perceiving Benefits, and Post-Traumatic Growth, Christopher G. Davis and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
62. Happiness, Resilience, and Positive Growth Following Physical Disability: Issues for Understanding, Research, and Therapeutic Intervention, Dana S. Dunn, Gitendra Uswatte, and Timothy Elliott
Part XI: Toward Better Lives
63. The Promise of Sustainable Happiness, Julia Boehm and Sonya Lyubomirsky
64. Meaning in Life: Michael F. Steger
65. The Future of Positive Psychology: Pursuing Three Big Goals, Shane J. Lopez

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