Handbook of Positive Psychology

Handbook of Positive Psychology

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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Second Edition is the seminal reference in the burgeoning field of positive psychology, which, in recent years, has transcended academia to capture the imagination of the general public. The handbook provides a roadmap for the psychology needed by the majority of the population--those who don't need treatment, but want to achieve the lives to which they aspire. The 65 chapters summarize all of the relevant literature in the field, and each of the international slate of contributors is essentially defining a lifetime of research. The content's breadth and depth provide an unparalleled cross-disciplinary look at positive psychology from diverse fields and all branches of psychology, including social, clinical, personality, counseling, school, and developmental psychology. Topics include not only happiness--which has been perhaps misrepresented in the popular media as the entirety of the field--but also hope, strengths, positive emotions, life longings, creativity, emotional creativity, courage, and more, plus guidelines for applying what has worked for people across time and cultures.show more

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  • Hardback | 742 pages
  • 185.42 x 254 x 40.64mm | 1,451.49g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 36 line illus.
  • 0195187245
  • 9780195187243
  • 493,031

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This is an excellent book on a unique approach to psychology. The international authorship helps readers see positive psychology from many different vantage points. Doody's Notes (Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D, Cermak Health Services)show more

Table of contents

Part I: Major Developments in Positive Psychology; 1. A Case for Positive Psychology, Shane J. Lopez and Matthew W. Gallagher; 2. Positive Psychology: Past, Present, and Future, Ed Diener; 3. Positive Emotions, Michael Cohn and Barbara Fredrickson; 4. Classifying and Measuring Strengths of Character, Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park; 5. Positive Psychology Applications, P. Alex Linley, Stephen Joseph, John Maltby, and Alex M. Wood; 6. Positive Psychology within a Cultural Context, Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Lisa M. Edwards, and Shane J. Lopez; Part II: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Human Behavior; 7. Stopping the "Madness": Positive Psychology and Deconstructing the Illness Ideology and the DSM, James Maddox; 8. Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A Case for Including Human Strengths and Environmental Resources, Beatric Wright and Shane J. Lopez; 9. Toward a Science of Mental Health, Corey L. M. Keyes; 10. Measuring the Dynamics of Positive Human Health: From Covariance Systems to Dynamic Structures, Anthony D. Ong and Alex J. Sautra; 11. Positive Ethics: Themes and Variations, Mitchell M. Handelsman, Samuel Knapp, and Michael C. Gottlieb; Part III: Positive Psychology across the Lifespan; 12. Resilience in Development, Ann S. Masten, J. J. Cutili, Janette E. Herbers, and Marie-Gabrielle J. Reed; 13. Positive Psychology for Children and Adolescents: Development, Prevention, and Promotion, Keri J. Brown Kirschman, Rebecca J. Johnson, Jade A. Bender, and Michael C. Roberts; 14. The Positive Youth Development Perspective: Theoretical and Empirical Bases of a Strengths-Based Approach to Adolescent Development, Richard M. Lerner; 15. Aging Well in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, Gail W. Williamson and Julie Christie; 16. New Territories of Positive Lifespan Developments: Wisdom and Life Longings, Susanne Scheibe, Ute Kunzmann, and Paul B. Bates; Part IV: Emotional Approaches; 17. Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction, Ed Diener, Shigehiro Oishi, and Richard E. Lucas; 18. Flow Theory and Research, Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi; 19. Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Positive Emotional States, David Watson and Kristin Naragon; 20. The Social Construction of Self-Esteem, John P. Hewitt; 21. Coping through Emotional Approach: Emerging Evidence for the Utility of Processing and Expressing Emotions in Responding to Stressors, Annette L. Stanton, Sarah J. Sullivan, and Jennifer L. Austenfeld; 22. The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence, Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, David Caruso, and Seung Hee You; 23. Emotional Creativity: Toward "Spiritualizing the Passions", James Averill; Part V: Cognitive Approaches; 24. Creativity, Dean Keith Simonton; 25. The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning, Suzanne Thompson; 26. Mindfulness versus Personal Evaluation, Ellen Langer; 27. Perspectives on Time, Ilona Boniwell; 28. Optimism, Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier, Christopher J. Miller, and Daniel Fulford; 29. Optimistic Explanatory Style, Christopher Peterson and Tracy A. Steen; 30. Hope Theory, Kevin L. Rand and Jennifer S. Cheavens; 31. Self-Efficacy: The Power of Believing You Can, James E. Maddux; 32. Problem-Solving Appraisal and Psychological Adjustment, P. Paul Heppner and Dong-gwi Lee; 33. Self-Determination, Michael L. Wehmeyer, Todd D. Little, and Julie Sergeant; 34. Curiosity and Interest: The Benefits of Thriving on Novelty and Challenge, Todd B. Kashdan and Paul J. Silvia; 35. Courage, Cynthia Pury and Shane J. Lopez; Part VI: Interpersonal Relationships; 36. Relationship Connection: A Redux on the Role of Minding and the Quality of Feeling Special in the Enhancement of Closeness, John Harvey and Brain Pauwels; 37. Compassion, Eric J. Cassell; 38. Adult Attachment Security: The Relational Scaffolding of Positive Psychology, Frederick G. Lopez; 39. Empathy and Altruism, C. Daniel Batson, Nadia Ahmad, and David A. Lishner; 40. Forgiveness, Michael E. McCullough, Lindsey M. Root, Bengamin A. Tabak, and Charlotte Witvliet; 41. Furthering the Science of Gratitude, Philip Watkins, Michael Van Gelder, and Araceli Fias; 42. Love, Clyde Hendrick and Susan S. Hendrick; 43. For Richer...In Good Times...and in Health: Positive Process in Relationships, Natalya C. Maisel and Shelly L. Gable; Part VII: Self-Based Approaches; 44. What's Positive about Self-Verification?, Rebecca J. North and William B. Swann, Jr; 45. Reality Negotiation, Raymond L. Higgins and Matthew W. Gallagher; 46. Humility, June Price Tangney; 47. The Motive for Distinctiveness: Identity Construction in a Cultural Context, Vivian L. Vignoles; Part VIII: Biological Approaches; 48. A Role of Neuropsychology in Understanding the Facilitating Influence of Positive Affect on Social Behavior and Cognitive Processes, Alice M. Isen; 49. Toward a Biology of Social Support, Sally S. Dickerson and Peggy M. Zoccola; 50. The Central Role of the Heart in Generating and Sustaining Positive Emotions, Rollin McCraty and Robert A. Rees; 51. Toughness, Richard A. Dienstbier and Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig; Part IX: Positive Institutions; 52. Family-Centered Positive Psychology, Susan M. Sheridan and Jennifer D. Burt; 53. Positive Schools, E. Scott Huebner, Rich Gilman, Amy L. Reschly, and Russell Hall; 54. Positive Psychology on Campus, Laurie A. Schreiner, Eileen Hulme, Roderick Hetzel, and Shane J. Lopez; 55. Positive Workplaces, Fred Luthans and Carolyn M. Youssef; 56. Positive Institutions, Law, and Policy, Peter H. Huang and Jeremy A. Blumenthal; Part X: Specific Coping Approaches; 57. Meditation and Positive Psychology, Shauna L. Shapiro; 58. Spirituality: The Search for the Sacred, Kenneth I. Pargament and Annette Mahoney; 59. Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking about Emotional Experiences, Kate G. Niederhoffer and James W. Pennebaker; 60. Benefit-Finding and Growth, Suzanne C. Lechner, Howard Tennen, and Glenn Affleck; 61. Making Sense of Loss, Perceiving Benefits, and Post-Traumatic Growth, Christopher G. Davis and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema; 62. Happiness, Resilience, and Positive Growth Following Physical Disability: Issues for Understanding, Research, and Therapeutic Intervention, Dana S. Dunn, Gitendra Uswatte, and Timothy Elliott; Part XI: Toward Better Lives; 63. The Promise of Sustainable Happiness, Julia Boehm and Sonya Lyubomirsky; 64. Meaning in Life: Michael F. Steger; 65. The Future of Positive Psychology: Pursuing Three Big Goals, Shane J. Lopezshow more

About C. R. Snyder

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Research in Education, University of Kansas. C.R. Snyder, Ph.D., was Wright Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas.show more

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