The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology / Edition 2

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Overview


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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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: 9780199862160
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2011
  • Series: Oxford Library of Psychology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 744
  • Sales rank: 545,679
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.60 (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

1 Positive psychology, positive prevention, and positive therapy 3
2 Stopping the "madness" : positive psychology and the deconstruction of the illness ideology and the DSM 13
3 Widening the diagnostic focus : a case for including human strengths and environmental resources 26
4 Toward a science of mental health : positive directions in diagnosis and interventions 45
5 Subjective well-being : the science of happiness and life satisfaction 63
6 Resilience in development 74
7 The concept of flow 89
8 Positive affectivity : the disposition to experience pleasurable emotional states 106
9 Positive emotions 120
10 The social construction of self-esteem 135
11 The adaptive potential of coping through emotional approach 148
12 The positive psychology of emotional intelligence 159
13 Emotional creativity : toward "spiritualizing the passions" 172
14 Creativity 189
15 The role of personal control in adaptive functioning 202
16 Well-being : mindfulness versus positive evaluation 214
17 Optimism 231
18 Optimistic explanatory style 244
19 Hope theory : a member of the positive psychology family 257
20 Self-efficacy : the power of believing you can 277
21 Problem-solving appraisal and psychological adjustment 288
22 Setting goals for life and happiness 299
23 The passion to know : a developmental perspective 313
24 Wisdom : its structure and function in regulating successful life span development 327
25 Reality negotiation 351
26 The truth about illusions : authenticity and positivity in social relationships 366
27 Authenticity 382
28 Uniqueness seeking 395
29 Humility 411
30 Relationship connection : the role of minding in the enhancement of closeness 423
31 Compassion 434
32 The psychology of forgiveness 446
33 Gratitude and the science of positive psychology 459
34 Love 472
35 Empathy and altruism 485
36 How we become moral : the sources of moral motivation 499
37 Toughness 515
38 A role for neuropsychology in understanding the facilitating influence of positive affect on social behavior and cognitive processes 528
39 From social structure to biology : integrative science in pursuit of human health and well-being 541
40 Toward a biology of social support 556
41 Sharing one's story : on the benefits of writing or talking about emotional experience 573
42 Benefit-finding and benefit-reminding 584
43 Positive responses to loss : perceiving benefits and growth 598
44 The pursuit of meaningfulness in life 608
45 Humor 619
46 Meditation and positive psychology 632
47 Spirituality : discovering and conserving the sacred 646
48 Positive psychology for children : development, prevention, and promotion 663
49 Aging well : outlook for the 21st century 676
50 Positive growth following acquired physical disability 687
51 Putting positive psychology in a multicultural context 700
52 Positive psychology at work 715
53 Positive ethics 731
54 Constructivism and positive psychology 745
55 The future of positive psychology : a declaration of independence
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