The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology / Edition 2

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology / Edition 2

by Shane J. Lopez

ISBN-10: 0199862168

ISBN-13: 9780199862160

Pub. Date: 10/07/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology is the seminal reference in the 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

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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology is the seminal reference in the 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.

These 65 chapters summarize all of the relevant literature in the field. 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 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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Oxford University Press
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Table of Contents



Part 1: Major Developments in Positive Psychology

1: A Case for Positive Psychology
Shane J. Lopez and Matthew W. Gallagher

2: Positive Psychology Past, Present, & Future
Ed Diener

3: Positive Emotions
Michael Cohn & Barbara Fredrickson

4: Classifying and Measuring Strengths of Character
Christopher Peterson & Nansook Park

5: Positive Psychology Applications
P. Alex Linley, Stephen Joseph, John Maltby, & Alex M. Wood

6: Positive Psychology within a Cultural Context
Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Lisa M. Edwards, & Shane J. Lopez

Part 2: 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 & 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 & Alex J. Zautra

11: Positive Ethics
Mitchell M. Handelsman, Samuel Knapp, Michael C. Gottlieb

Part 3: Positive Psychology Across the Lifespan

12: Resilience in Development
Ann S. Masten, J. J. Cutili, Janette E. Herbers, & 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, & 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 & Julie Christie

16: New Territories of Positive Lifespan Developments: Wisdom and Life Longings
Susanne Scheibe, Ute Kunzmann, & Paul B. Baltes

Part 4: Emotional Approaches

17: Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction
Ed Diener, Shigehiro Oishi, & Richard E. Lucas

18: Flow Theory and Research
Jeanne Nakamura & Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

19: Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Positive Emotional States
David Watson & 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, & Jennifer L. Austenfeld

22: The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence
Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, David Caruso, & Seung Hee You

23: Emotional Creativity: Toward "Spiritualizing the Passions"
James Averill

Part 5: Cognitive Approaches

24: Creativity
Dean Keith Simonton

25: The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning
Suzanne Thompson

26: Mindfulness vs. Personal Evaluation
Ellen Langer

27: Perspectives on Time
Ilona Boniwell

28: Optimism
Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier, Christopher J. Miller, & Daniel Fulford

29: Optimistic Explanatory Style
Christopher Peterson & Tracy A. Steen

30: Hope Theory
Kevin L. Rand & 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 & Dong-gwi Lee

33: Self-Determination
Michael L. Wehmeyer, Todd D. Little, & Julie Sergeant

34: Curiosity and Interest: The Benefits of Thriving on Novelty and Challenge
Todd B. Kashdan & Paul J. Silvia

35: Courage
Cynthia Pury & Shane J. Lopez

Part 6: 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 & 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, & 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, & Araceli Fias

42: Love
Clyde Hendrick & Susan S. Hendrick

43: For RicherELIn Good TimesELand In Health: Positive Process in Relationships
Natalya C. Maisel & Shelly L. Gable

Part 7: Self-Based Approaches

44: What's Positive About Self-Verification?
Rebecca J. North & William B. Swann, Jr.

45: Reality Negotiation
Raymond L. Higgins & Matthew W. Gallagher

46: Humility
June Tangney

47: The Motive for Distinctiveness: Identity Construction in a Cultural Context
Vivian L. Vignoles

Part 8: 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 & Peggy M. Zoccola

50: The Central Role of the Heart in Generating and Sustaining Positive Emotions
Rollin McCraty & Robert A. Rees

51: Toughness
Richard A. Dienstbier & Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig

Part 9: Positive Institutions

52: Family-Centered Positive Psychology
Susan M. Sheridan & Jennifer D. Burt

53: Positive Schools
E. Scott Huebner; Rich Gilman, Amy L. Reschly, & Russell Hall

54: Positive Psychology on Campus
Laurie A. Schreiner, Eileen Hulme, Roderick Hetzel, & Shane J. Lopez

55: Positive Workplaces
Fred Luthans & Carolyn M. Youssef

56: Positive Institutions, Law, and Policy
Peter H. Huang & Jeremy A. Blumenthal

Part 10: Specific Coping Approaches

57: Meditation and Positive Psychology
Shauna L. Shapiro

58: Spirituality: The Search for the Sacred
Kenneth I. Pargament & Annette Mahoney

59: Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking About Emotional Experiences
Kate G. Neiderhoffer & James W. Pennebaker

60: Benefit-Finding and Growth
Suzanne C. Lechner, Howard Tennen, & Glenn Affleck

61: Making Sense of Loss, Perceiving Benefits, and Posttraumatic Growth
Christopher G. Davis & Susan Nolen-Hoeksema

62: Happiness, Resilience, and Positive Growth via Physical Disability: Issues for Understanding, Research, and Therapeutic Intervention
Dana S. Dunn, Gitendra Uswatte, & Timothy Elliott

Part 11: Toward Better Lives

63: The Promise of Sustainable Happiness
Julia Boehm & 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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