Topically organized, Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing presents a highly engaging, up-to-date introduction to positive psychology. Authors William C. Compton and Edward Hoffman invite students to apply practices to their own lives, contexts, and experiences to ensure understanding. The text examines how positive psychology applies to stressors and health within such traditional research areas as developmental, clinical, personality, motivational, social, and behavioral psychology. Furthermore, the text offers perspectives on positive emotional states, research and theory on positive traits, coverage of positive institutions, and a look at the future of positive psychology. The Third Edition reflects significant growth in field with hundreds of new references and expanded content on topics including mindfulness, money and subjective well-being, and romantic love.
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About the Author
William Compton earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University. Currently a Professor of Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, he has taught a wide variety of classes including Introductory Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Counseling, Psychology of Happiness, and Introduction to Clinical Psychology. His research interests include health psychology, personality, and social psychology.
Edward Hoffman is a leading scholar in humanistic psychology, and has been writing and lecturing on topics related to emotional well-being, higher motivation, and spirituality for more than 30 years. He is an Adjunct Associate Psychology Professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, where he created its popular course on positive psychology. A senior editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Dr. Hoffman received his degrees from Cornell University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors1. An Introduction to Positive Psychology Welcome to Positive Psychology Dimensions of Positive Psychology Scope of Positive Psychology Basic Themes of Positive Psychology A Short History of Well-Being in the Western World Positive Psychology Today2. Foundations: Emotion, Motivation, and the Nature of Well-Being Basic Emotions Components of Emotion Moods and Well-Being Positive Psychology and Motivation Well-Being and Positive Emotion Research Models of Happiness and Well-Being3. Subjective Well-Being Measurement of Subjective Well-Being Top-Down Predictors of Subjective Well-Being Bottom-Up Predictors of Subjective Well-Being Increasing Happiness and Life Satisfaction Can You Be Too Happy?4. Leisure, Flow, Mindfulness, and Peak Performance Leisure Flow and Optimal Experience Mindfulness Savoring Peak Performance5. Romantic Love and Positive Families Genes, Hormones, and Marriage The Varieties of Love Finding Romance and Love Relationship Satisfaction: What Makes Them Feel Good? Relationship Stability: What Makes It Last? Minding Relationships Positive Families What Hurts Relationships? How to Nurture Positive Relationships That Last6. Positive Health Wellness Positive Health Psychological Factors Important to Health Hardiness and Mindfulness Meditation Positive Aging Positive Coping7. Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius Pursuit of Excellence Foundations of Excellence Aesthetics and the Good Life Creativity Genius8. Well-Being Across the Life Span Well-Being Over the Life Span Adjusting to Difficult Life Events9. Models of Optimal Well-Being Wisdom: What Did King Solomon Have? Early Psychodynamic Ideas on Optimal Personality Existentialism and Authenticity Humanistic Perspectives Purpose in Life, the Quiet Ego, and Personal Growth The Optimal Personality: Common Themes Your Inner Hero10. Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being A Sense of Meaning and Purpose in Life The Sacred Emotions Religious Experiences Contemplative Spirituality Contemplative Religious Traditions Mysticism and the Brain Psychological Theories of Religious Maturity11. Positive Institutions and Cultural Well-Being Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction Careers That Use Positive Psychology Positive Communities Cross-Cultural Subjective Well-Being12. A Look Toward the Future of Positive Psychology How Do We Recognize a Life Well Lived? Theories That Integrate Multiple Perspectives New Research Methods Alternative Perspectives on Well-Being Integrate Positive Psychology With Psychology The Question of Values Cross-Cultural Considerations Toward the Future With OptimismReferencesIndex