Handbook of Positive Psychology
Psychology has long been enamoured 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.
- Paperback | 848 pages
- 177.8 x 251.46 x 58.42mm | 1,315.41g
- 01 May 2005
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- New edition
- New edition
- 38 line illustrations
About C. R. Snyder
C. R. Snyder is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas. Shane J. Lopez is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas.
Table of contents
PART I: INTRODUCTORY AND HISTORICAL OVERVIEW; 1. Positive psychology, positive prevention, and positive therapy; PART II: IDENTIFYING STRENGTHS; 2. Stopping the "madness": positive psychology and the deconstruction of the illness ideology and the DSM; 3. Widening the diagnostic focus: a case for including human strengths and environmental resources; 4. Toward a science of mental health: positive directions in diagnosis and interventions; PART III: EMOTION-FOCUSED APPROACHES; 5. Subjective well-being: the science of happiness and life satisfaction; 6. Resilience in development; 7. The concept of flow; 8. Positive affectivity: the disposition to experience pleasurable emotional states; 9. Positive emotions; 10. The social construction of self-esteem; 11. The adaptive potential of coping through emotional approach; 12. The positive psychology of emotional intelligence; 13. Emotional creativity: toward "spiritualizing the passions"; PART IV: COGNITIVE-FOCUSED APPROACHES; 14. Creativity; 15. The role of personal control in adaptive functioning; 16. Well-being: mindfulness vs. positive evaluation; 17. Optimism; 18. Optimistic explanatory style; 19. Hope theory: a member of the positive psychology family; 20. Self efficacy: the power of believing you can; 21. Problem-solving appraisal and psychological adjustment; 22. Setting goals for life and happiness; 23. The passion to know: a developmental perspective; 24. Wisdom: its structure and function in regulating successful lifespan development; PART V: SELF-BASED APPROACHES; 25. Reality negotiation; 26. The truth about illusions: authenticity and positivity in social relationships; 27. Authenticity; 28. Uniqueness seeking; 29. Humility; PART VI: INTERPERSONAL APPROACHES; 30. Relationship connection: the role of minding in the enhancement of closeness; 31. Compassion; 32. The psychology of forgiveness; 33. Gratitude and the science of positive psychology; 34. Love; 35. Empathy and altruism; 36. How we become moral: the sources of moral motivation; PART VII: BIOLOGICAL APPROACHES; 37. Toughness; 38. A role for neuropsychology in understanding the facilitating influence of positive affect on social behaviour and cognitive processes; 39. From social structure to biology: integrative science in pursuit of human health and well-being; 40. Toward a biology of social support; PART VIII: SPECIFIC COPING APPROACHES; 41. Sharing one's story: on the benefits of writing or talking about emotional experience; 42. Benefit-finding and benefit-reminding; 43. Positive responses to loss: perceiving benefits and growth; 44. The pursuit of meaningfulness in life; 45. Humor; 46. Meditation and positive psychology; 47. Spirituality: discovering and conserving the sacred; PART IX: SPECIAL POPULATIONS AND SETTINGS; 48. Positive psychology for children: development, prevention, and promotion; 49. Ageing well: outlook for the 21st Century; 50. Positive growth following acquired physical disability; 51. Putting positive psychology in a multicultural context; 52. Positive psychology at work; PART X: THE FUTURE OF THE FIELD; 53. Positive ethics; 54. Constructivism and positive psychology; 55. The future of positive psychology: a declaration of independence