The Human Pursuit of Well-Being

The Human Pursuit of Well-Being : A Cultural Approach

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This book brings together the latest research on positive psychology from an international cast of researchers and particularly from the growing body of European researchers. The chapters describe research and practice from diverse fields of positive psychology, covering topics such as happiness and well-being, motivation and goals, personality, academic performance and coping, measurement and interventions. The book emphasizes a cultural approach to the human pursuit of well-being. It is unique in that it presents research from a range of cultures, such as Russia, Croatia, and Egypt, in addition to ten different Western cultures. This approach helps broaden our understanding of those aspects of human experience that make life worth living in diverse cultural conditions.

The book includes well-known and new authors from the field and contains selected papers that were presented at the 4th European Conference of Positive Psychology held in 2008 in Croatia.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 271 pages
  • 154.94 x 234.95 x 16.76mm | 449.05g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2011 ed.
  • 5 Tables, black and white; XIX, 271 p.
  • 9401783330
  • 9789401783330

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This book brings together the latest research on positive psychology from an international cast of researchers and particularly from the growing body of European researchers. The chapters describe research and practice from diverse fields of positive psychology, covering topics such as happiness and well-being, motivation and goals, personality, academic performance and coping, measurement and interventions. The book emphasizes a cultural approach to the human pursuit of well-being. It is unique in that it presents research from a range of cultures, such as Russia, Croatia, and Egypt, in addition to ten different Western cultures. This approach helps broaden our understanding of those aspects of human experience that make life worth living in diverse cultural conditions. The book includes well-known and new authors from the field and contains selected papers that were presented at the 4th European Conference of Positive Psychology held in 2008 in Croatia.
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Table of contents

Preface: Ingrid Brdar.- Introduction: The Human Pursuit of Well-Being: A Cultural approach, Ingrid Brdar.- Part 1. Happiness and Well-being: 1. Can we get Happier than we are?: Ruut Veenhoven.-2. Self-serving Attributional Bias and Hedonic and Eudaimonic Aspects of Well-being: Pilar Sanjuan, Alejandro Magallares and Rodolfo Gordillo.-3. Affect Specificity as Indicators of National Well-Being, Representative Sample of Croatia: Ljiljana Kaliterna Lipovcan, Zvjezdana Prizmic-Larsen and Tihana Brkljacic.- 4. From Flow to Optimal Experience. (Re)searching the Quality of Subjective Experience Throughout Daily Life: Teresa Freire.-5. Gender Differences in Psychological Well-being and Distress during Adolescence: Dalila Visani Elisa Albieri, Emanuela Offidani, Fedra Ottolini, Elena Tomba, Chiara Ruini.-6. The Impact of Positive Affect: Two weekly Assessment Studies on Benefits of Positive Emotions in Patients with a Chronic Painful Disease: Elin Strand.-7. Studying Predictors of Post-traumatic Growth in Cancer Patients: Marta Scrignaro, Sandro Barni, Maria Luisa Bonetti and Maria Elena Magrin.-Part 2. Motivation and Goals: 8. It's all about me: Maladaptive self-focused attention as a mediator of the relationship between extrinsic goals and well-being: Mami Yamaguchi and Jamin Halberstadt.-9. The Relation of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Aspirations to Adolescent Life Satisfaction: Marina Merkas, Zora Raboteg-Saric and Dubravka Miljkovic.-10. Where does the motivation for the antiretroviral therapy come from?: Assessing existential meaning, personal growth and motivation towards antiretroviral therapy in people affected by HIV/AIDS: Krzysztof Szadejko and Gabriele Covotta.-Part 3. Personality: 11. The Relationships between temperament, character strengths and resilience: Ann-Marie K. Hutchinson, Anita D. Stuart and Hester G. Pretorius.-12. Character Strengths and Well-being: Are there gender differences?: Ingrid Brdar, Petra Anic and Majda Rijavec.-Part 4. Academic performance and coping: 13. Optimistic attributional style as a predictor of well-being and performance in different academic settings: A new look at the problem: Tamara O. Gordeeva and Evgeny N. Osin.-14. To flourish, arm or fade away?: Proactive, defensive and depressive patterns of self-regulated learning: Darko Loncaric.-15. Moderator effect of burnout in secondary school context: Charles Martin-Krumm, Marie Oger, Philippe Sarrazin and Patrick Pelayo.-Part 5. Measurement: 16. Factor Structure of the French Ryff's Psychological Well-Being Scales for Active Older Adults: Marei Salama-Younes, Amany Ismail, Ali Montazeri and Charles Roncin.-17. Further Evaluation of the Test-retest Reliability of the Children Hope Scale and Students' Life Satisfaction Scale: Susana C. Marques, Jose L. Pais Ribeiro and Shane J. Lopez.-18. Validation of the Mental Health Continuum Short Form and Subjective Vitality Scale with Egyptian Adolescent Athletes: Marei Salama-Younes.-Part 6. Interventions:19. School interventions for promoting psychological well-being in adolescence: Chiara Ruini, Fedra Ottolini, Elena Tomba, Carlotta Belaise, Elisa Albieri, Dalila Visani, Ernesto Caffo and Giovanni A. Fava.-20. Applying Self-Determination Theory to Help Obese Portuguese Individuals: Sonia Mestre and Jose L. Pais Ribeiro.-21. A School-based Intervention Involving Massage and Yoga for Male Disadvantaged Adolescents: An Exploratory Study on a Self Discovery Programme: Lesley Powell.
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About Ingrid Brdar

Professor at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Rijeka, Croatia. Teaching undergraduate and graduate in methodology and communication, post-graduated courses in statistics, communication and positive psychology. Editor in chief of the journal Psychological Topics (Psihologijske teme). Areas of research interest: positive psychology (intrinsic motivation and well-being, eudaimonic happiness, cross-cultural happiness), coping with stress, and social competence. Senior researcher in scientific project "Determinants of adolescents' optimal development and psychological well-being", financed by Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. Current research collaboration with colleagues from seven countries on the project "Cross-Cultural Investigation of Eudaimonic Happiness". Chair of the Scientific Committee in organizing 4th European Conference in Positive Psychology and member of the scientific Committee of the 5th European Conference in Positive Psychology, to be held in Denmark in 2010. Member of the Management Board Committee of the European Network of Positive Psychology. Co-author of the Croatian university textbook in positive psychology.
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