Handbook of Positive Psychology

ISBN-10: 0195182790

ISBN-13: 9780195182798

Edition: 2005 (Reprint)

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Description: Psychology has long been enamored of the dark side of human existence, rarely exploring a more positive view of the mind. What has psychology contributed, for example, to our understanding of the various human virtues? Regrettably, not much. The last decade, however, has witnessed a growing movement to abandon the exclusive focus on the negative. Psychologists from several subdisciplines are now asking an intriguing question: "What strengths does a person employ to deal effectively with life?" The Handbook of Positive Psychology provides a forum for a more positive view of the human condition. In its pages, readers are treated to an analysis of what the foremost experts believe to be the fundamental strengths of humankind. Both seasoned professionals and students just entering the field are eager to grasp the power and vitality of the human spirit as it faces a multitude of life challenges. The Handbook is the first systematic attempt to bring together leading scholars to give voice to the emerging field of positive psychology.

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List price: $57.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 848
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 3.080
Language: English

Shane J. Lopez is associate professor of counseling psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he teaches courses in positive psychology, psychological assessment, and educational leadership. He also is a Gallup senior scientist, a role through which he consults primarily with The Gallup Education Division and Gallup University. He serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Positive Psychology and on the advisory board for Ready, Set, Learn, The Discovery Channels pre-school educational television programming. nbsp; Through his current research programs, Lopez is examining the effectiveness of hope training programs in the schools (under the auspices of the Making Hope Happen Program), refining a model of psychological courage, and exploring the link between soft life skills and hard outcomes in education, work, healthy, and family functioning. His books include The Handbook of Positive Psychology (Oxford) and Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (American Psychological Association Press), both with C. R. Snyder. nbsp; Lopez and his wife, Allison, live with their son, Parrish, in Lawrence, Kansas, where they attempt to live the good life every day and long for the temperate Louisiana winters of their childhoods every February.nbsp;nbsp; nbsp;

Contributors
Introductory and Historical Overview
Positive Psychology, Positive Prevention, and Positive Therapy
Identifying Strengths
Stopping the "Madness": Positive Psychology and the Deconstruction of the Illness Ideology and the DSM
Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A Case for Including Human Strengths and Environmental Resources
Toward a Science of Mental Health: Positive Directions in Diagnosis and Interventions
Emotion-Focused Approaches
Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction
Resilience in Development
The Concept of Flow
Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Pleasurable Emotional States
Positive Emotions
The Social Construction of Self-Esteem
The Adaptive Potential of Coping Through Emotional Approach
The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Creativity: Toward "Spiritualizing the Passions"
Cognitive-Focused Approaches
Creativity
The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning
Well-Being: Mindfulness Versus Positive Evaluation
Optimism
Optimistic Explanatory Style
Hope Theory: A Member of the Positive Psychology Family
Self-Efficacy: The Power of Believing You Can
Problem-Solving Appraisal and Psychological Adjustment
Setting Goals for Life and Happiness
The Passion to Know: A Developmental Perspective
Wisdom: Its Structure and Function in Regulating Successful Life Span Development
Self-Based Approaches
Reality Negotiation
The Truth About Illusions: Authenticity and Positivity in Social Relationships
Authenticity
Uniqueness Seeking
Humility
Interpersonal Approaches
Relationship Connection: The Role of Minding in the Enhancement of Closeness
Compassion
The Psychology of Forgiveness
Gratitude and the Science of Positive Psychology
Love
Empathy and Altruism
How We Become Moral: The Sources of Moral Motivation
Biological Approaches
Toughness
A Role for Neuropsychology in Understanding the Facilitating Influence of Positive Affect on Social Behavior and Cognitive Processes
From Social Structure to Biology: Integrative Science in Pursuit of Human Health and Well-Being
Toward a Biology of Social Support
Specific Coping Approaches
Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking About Emotional Experience
Benefit-Finding and Benefit-Reminding
Positive Responses to Loss: Perceiving Benefits and Growth
The Pursuit of Meaningfulness in Life
Humor
Meditation and Positive Psychology
Spirituality: Discovering and Conserving the Sacred
Special Populations and Settings
Positive Psychology for Children: Development, Prevention, and Promotion
Aging Well: Outlook for the 21st Century
Positive Growth Following Acquired Physical Disability
Putting Positive Psychology in a Multicultural Context
Positive Psychology at Work
The Future of the Field
Positive Ethics
Constructivism and Positive Psychology
The Future of Positive Psychology: A Declaration of Independence
Author Index
Subject Index
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