A Primer in Positive Psychology

A Primer in Positive Psychology

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Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and at all stops in between. Every life has peaks and valleys; positive psychology does not deny this valleys, but holds that: what is good about life is as genuine as what is bad and, therefore, deserves equal attention from psychologists. A Primer in Positive Psychology is thoroughly grounded in scientific research and covers major topics of concern to the field: positive experiences such as pleasure and flow; positive traits such as character strengths, values, and talents; and the social institutions that enable these subjects as well as what recent research might contribute to this knowledge. Every chapter contains exercises that illustrate positive psychology, a glossary, suggestions of articles and books for further reading, and lists of films, websites, and popular songs that embody chapter themes. A comprehensive overview of positive psychology by one of the acknowledged leaders in the field, this textbook provides students with a thorough introduction to an important area of psychology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 193 x 261.6 x 20.3mm | 698.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 13 line drawings
  • 0195188330
  • 9780195188332
  • 34,731

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The book is entertaining and accessible. It constitutes a valuable resource for introducing positive psychology to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as anyone interested in the subject. * Toni Brennan, Psychology Learning and Teaching, August 2007 *
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About Christopher Peterson

Christopher Peterson has been at the University of Michigan since 1986. He is Professor of Psychology, the former director of clinical training, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, awarded in recognition of his accomplishments as an undergraduate instructor. Peterson is a member of the Positive Psychology Steering Committee, a consulting editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology, and a Templeton Senior Fellow at the University of
Pennsylvania's Positive Psychology Center. He took the lead in creating the Values in Action (VIA) Classification of Strengths, the most ambitious research project to date explicitly undertaken from a positive psychology perspective. Co-author of Character Strengths and Virtues (OUP 2004), Peterson is among the world's 100
most-frequently cited psychologists during the past 20 years and has long-standing research interests in optimism, health, character, and well-being.
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Table of contents

Preface ; 1. What is Positive Psychology? ; 2. Learning about Positive Psychology: Not a Spectator Sport ; 3. Pleasure and Positive Experience ; 4. Happiness ; 5. Positive Thinking ; 6. Character Strengths ; 7. Values ; 8. Interests, Abilities, and Accomplishments ; 9. Wellness ; 10. Positive Interpersonal Relationships ; 11. Enabling Institutions ; 12. The Future of Positive Psychology ; References ; Index of Names ; Subject Index
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