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Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

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By (author) C. R. Snyder, By (author) Shane J. Lopez, By (author) Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 616 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 251mm x 30mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 9 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 1412990629
  • ISBN 13: 9781412990622
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 161,516

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Snyder, Lopez, and Pedrotti offer comprehensive coverage of the science and application of positive psychology and present new frameworks for understanding positive emotions and human strengths. The authors bring positive psychology to life by tackling issues such as how positive psychology can help improve schooling and the workplace, as well as promote cooperative lifestyles among people. Further, the book covers Western and Eastern approaches to understanding human strengths, along with the cultural and developmental influences on positive functioning. The authors also explore various positive conditions such as happiness and well-being, along with other processes related to mindfulness, wisdom, courage, and spirituality. Features of the Second Edition: - Offers an in-depth discussion of science and applications: The book provides the most comprehensive coverage of postive psychology's science and applications. It explores various positive conditions such as empathy, altruism, gratitude, attachment and love. - Encourages active learning: The authors include over 50 case studies, grounded in the practice, research, teaching, and daily lives of the authors that reveal how positive psychological phenomenon operates in the lives of real people. Personal Mini-Experiments and Life Enchancement Strategies help readers apply knowledge of the science and practice of positive psychology in their lives. - Instructor's Resource Site is available to adopters. New to the Second Edition: - Updated with the latest research in positive psychology that covers topics such as hope, courage, altruism, and more - Provides examples and research from many different cultural groups that includes such facets as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, nation of origin and others.

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C. R. Snyder, Ph.D. (deceased) was the Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Internationally known for his work at the interface of clinical, social, personality, and health psychology, his theories have pertained to how people react to personal feedback, the human need for uniqueness, the ubiquitous drive to excuse transgressions and, most recently, the hope motive. He received 31 research awards and 27 teaching awards at the university, state, and national levels. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from Indiana Wesleyan University. Snyder has appeared many times on national American television shows, and he has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio. His scholarly work on the human need for uniqueness received the rare recognition of being the subject matter of an entire Sunday cartoon sequence by Gary Trudeau. All of these accomplishments were packaged in a graying and self-effacing absent-minded professor who says of himself, "If you don't laugh at yourself, you have missed the biggest joke of all!" Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute. Dr. Lopez has published more than 100 articles and chapters and 10 books in addition to Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. These include Making Hope Happen, his first trade book; The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People; The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology; and The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue (with Cynthia Pury). Dr. Lopez is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the International Positive Psychology Association. A professor of education for a decade, he is now professor of business at the University of Kansas. Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she has been teaching positive psychology with a multicultural focus for over 10 years. She is the lead editor on a new edited volume entitled Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism and Positive Psychology (with Lisa M. Edwards), and recently spoke on the topic of including cultural context in positive psychological discussions as a keynote speaker at the Asian Pacific Conference on Applied Positive Psychology in Hong Kong. Dr. Teramoto Pedrotti has contributed to many different volumes throughout her career such as The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychological Interventions, Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology, and the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling. In addition, her work has appeared in multiple journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of Positive Psychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Professional School Counseling. As a Diversity and Inclusivity Faculty Mentor on her campus, she works with students daily in culturally competent ways to identify and enhance their strengths.

Table of contents

Preface Remembering C. R. Snyder's Legacy of Hope Acknowledgments PART I: LOOKING AT PSYCHOLOGY FROM A POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE 1. Welcome to Positive Psychology 2. Eastern and Western Perspectives on Positive Psychology 3. Classifications and Measures of Strengths and Positive Outcomes PART II: POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN CONTEXT 4. Developing Strengths and Living Well in a Cultural Context 5. Living Well at Every Stage of Life PART III: POSITIVE EMOTIONAL STATES AND PROCESSES 6. The Principles of Pleasure: Understanding Positive Affect, Positive Emotions, Happiness, and Well-Being 7. Making the Most of Emotional Experiences: Emotion-Focused Coping, Emotional Intelligence, Socioemotional Selectivity, and Emotional Storytelling PART IV: POSITIVE COGNITIVE STATES AND PROCESSES 8. Seeing Our Futures Through Self-Efficacy, Optimism, and Hope 9. Wisdom and Courage: Two Universal Virtues 10. Mindfulness, Flow, and Spirituality: In Search of Optimal Experiences PART V: PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOR 11. Empathy and Egotism: Portals to Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness 12. Attachment, Love, and Flourishing Relationships PART VI: UNDERSTANDING AND CHANGING HUMAN BEHAVIOR 13. Balanced Conceptualizations of Mental Health and Behavior 14. Interceding to Prevent the Bad and Enhance the Good PART VII: POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTS 15. Positive Schooling 16. Good Work: The Psychology of Gainful Employment 17. The Me/We Balance: Building Better Communities PART VIII: A POSITIVE LOOK AT THE FUTURE OF PSYCHOLOGY 18. Going Positive References Author Index Subject Index About the Authors