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Positive Psychology : The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths - Shane J. Lopez

Positive Psychology

The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

Paperback Published: 5th August 2014
ISBN: 9781452276434
Number Of Pages: 600

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The fully updated Third Edition of this best seller covers the science and application of positive psychology and presents new frameworks for understanding positive emotions and strengths through a culturally competent lens. The authors bring positive psychology to life by addressing important issues such as how positive psychology can improve schooling and the workplace, as well as how it can promote flourishing in day-to-day life. Throughout the book, well-crafted exercises allow readers to apply major principles to their own lives. The book also explores various positive conditions within multiple cultural contexts, such as happiness and well-being, and processes related to mindfulness, wisdom, courage, and spirituality.

Key features:

  • The latest research in positive psychology is integrated throughout and covers topics such as hope, courage, and altruism while giving attention to multiple cultural contexts.
  • A new streamlined 16-chapter organization makes the book easier to cover in a typical semester.
  • New coverage of Islam is featured among the philosophical influences on positive psychology.
  • Additional coverage includes new material on adult stages in the lifespan, courage and culture, and cultural influences on various aspects of positive psychology.
  • New research has been added on wisdom and the neurobiology of wisdom and mindfulness, as well as neurological findings related to mindfulness.
  • Personal Mini-Experiments chapter inserts allow you to apply the practice of positive psychology to your daily life.
  • Life Enhancement Strategies features offer change strategies you can implement quickly and easily to help you attain greater connections with others, pursue meaning in your life, and experience increased life satisfaction.
  • More than 50 case histories and comments from leaders in the field vividly illustrate key concepts as they apply to real life.
  • In-depth discussion of science and applications of positive psychology explores various positive conditions, such as empathy, altruism, gratitude, attachment and love.
  • A broad exploration of culture includes special consideration of facets such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, generation, nation of origin, gender, and socioeconomic status.

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"The emphasis is not exclusively clinical; it includes applications and implications across a number of environments and draws from a number of perspectives, including neurobiology. This range makes it an excellent choice for anchoring major concepts so students can explore the application of positive psychology to their specific areas of interest."

-- Dr. Pamela Rutledge, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Part I: Looking at Psychology from a Positive Perspective Chapter 1: Welcome to Positive Psychology Building Human Strength: Psychology's Forgotten Mission Going From the Negative to the Positive Positive Psychology Seeks a Balanced, More Complete View of Human Functioning Where We Are Now and What We Will Ask A Guide to This Book The Big Picture Appendix: Movies for Review Chapter 2: Eastern and Western Perspectives on Positive Psychology: How "ME + WE = US" Might Bridge the Gap A Matter of Perspective Historical and Philosophical Traditions Western Influences: Athenian, Judeo- Christian, and Islamic Traditions Eastern Influences: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism East Meets West Individualism: The Psychology of ME Collectivism: The Psychology of WE Different Ways to Positive Outcomes Where We Are Going: From ME to WE to US ME/WE Balance: The Positive Psychology of US Chapter 3: Classifications and Measures of Strengths and Positive Outcomes Classifications and Measures of Strengths Positive Outcomes for All Identifying Strengths and Moving Toward a Vital Balance Part II: Positive Psychology in Context Chapter 4: The Role of Culture Developing Strengths and Living Well Culture and Psychology Understanding Culture: A Matter of Perspective Positive Psychology: Culture is Everywhere Putting Positive Psychology in a Cultural Context Final Thoughts on the Complexity of Cultural Influences Chapter 5: Living Well at Every Stage of Life Resilience in Childhood Positive Youth Development The Life Tasks of Adulthood Successful Aging A More Developmental Focus in Positive Psychology Part III: Positive Emotional States and Processes Chapter 6: The Principles of Pleasure: Understanding Positive Affect, Positive Emotions, Happiness, and Well-Being Defining Emotional Terms Distinguishing the Positive and the Negative Positive Emotions: Expanding the Repertoire of Pleasure Happiness and Subjective Well-Being: Living a Pleasurable Life Moving Toward the Positive Chapter 7: Making the Most of Emotional Experiences: Emotion-Focused Coping, Emotional Intelligence, Socioemotional Selectivity, and Emotional Storytelling Emotion-Focused Coping: Discovering the Adaptive Potential of Emotional Approach Emotional Intelligence: Learning the Skills That Make a Difference Socioemotional Selectivity: Focusing in Later Life on Positive Emotions and Emotion-Related Goals Emotional Storytelling: The Pennebaker Paradigm as a Means of Processing Intense Negative Emotions Emotions and Context Working With Emotions to Bring About Positive Change An Emotional Balancing Act Part IV: Positive Cognitive States and Processes Chapter 8: Seeing Our Futures Through Self-Efficacy, Optimism, and Hope Putting Temporal Futures in Perspective Self-Efficacy Hope Cultural Caveats About Temporal Perspective Appendix A: A Summary of Hope Theories Appendix B: Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory Items Chapter 9: Wisdom and Courage: Characteristics of the Wise and the Brave Becoming and Being Wise Theories of Courage Becoming and Being Courageous Courage Research Finding Wisdom and Courage in Daily Life Chapter 10: Mindfulness, Flow, and Spirituality: In Search of Optimal Experiences Moment-to-Moment Searches Mindfulness: In Search of Novelty Flow: In Search of Absorption Spirituality: In Search of the Sacred The Search Continues Part V: Prosocial Behavior Chapter 11: Empathy and Egotism: Portals to Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness Altruism Gratitude Forgiveness Personal Benefits of Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness The Societal Implications of Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness "I Have a Dream": Toward a Kinder, Gentler Humankind Appendix A: The Helping Attitude Scale Appendix B: The Gratitude Questionnaire-Six Items From GQ-6 Appendix C: The Heartland Forgiveness Scale (HFS) Appendix D: The Transgression-Related Interpersonal Motivations Scale (TRIM) Chapter 12: Attachment, Love, and Flourishing Relationships Infant Attachment Adult Attachment Security Love Flourishing Relationships: A Series of Purposeful Positive Relationship Behaviors The Neurobiology of Interpersonal Connection More on Flourishing Relationships Future of Love Building a Positive Psychology of Close Relationships Part VI. Understanding and Changing Human Behavior Chapter 13: Balanced Conceptualizations of Mental Health and Behavior Moving Toward Balanced Conceptualizations Our Fascination With Abnormal Behavior Neglect of the Environment and of the Positive The Lack of a Developmental Emphasis Understanding Behavior in a Cultural Context The Limits of the Categorical Diagnostic System Going Beyond the DSM-5 Framework Chapter 14: Preventing the Bad and Promoting the Good In the Words of a Psychotherapy Client... Primary Prevention: "Stop the Bad Before It Happens" Secondary Prevention (Psychotherapy): "Fix the Problem" Primary Enhancement: "Make Life Good" Secondary Enhancement: "Make Life the Best Possible" The Balance of Prevention and Enhancement Systems Appendix A: Effective Secondary Preventions (Psychotherapies) for Adult Problems Appendix B: Hope Therapy Worksheet Part VII: Positive Environments Chapter 15: Positive Schooling and Good Work: The Psychology of Gainful Employment and the Education That Gets Us There Teaching as a Calling Giving Back to Teachers Gainful Employment Gainful Employment: Happiness, Satisfaction, and Beyond Having or Being a Good Boss The Strengths-Based Approach to Work Capital at Work The Dark Side: Workaholics, Burnouts, and Jobs Lost What Can Be Done to Improve Your Work? When Work Becomes a Calling: The Tale of a Hospital Orderly Appendix A: One Example of Positive Schooling: The StrengthsQuest Program Appendix B: Positive Workplaces in Hong Kong: Building Positive Organizations, Engaging the Heart of Employees Part VIII: A Positive Look at the Future of Psychology Chapter 16: The Future of Positive Psychology: A Conversation Between the Authors "Teachers Can't Get Jobs in the Real World!" "No Child Left Behind" and Beyond The Components of Positive Schooling

ISBN: 9781452276434
ISBN-10: 1452276439
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 5th August 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 18.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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