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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology is the seminal reference in the 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. These 65 chapters summarize all of the relevant literature in the field. 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 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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  • Paperback | 744 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 40.64mm | 1,315.41g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0199862168
  • 9780199862160
  • 97,019

About Shane J. Lopez

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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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 * Review(s) from previous edition(s)show more

Table of contents

Foreword ; Preface ; Part 1: Major Developments in Positive Psychology ; 1: A Case for Positive Psychology ; Shane J. Lopez and Matthew W. Gallagher ; 2: Positive Psychology Past, Present, & Future ; Ed Diener ; 3: Positive Emotions ; Michael Cohn & Barbara Fredrickson ; 4: Classifying and Measuring Strengths of Character ; Christopher Peterson & Nansook Park ; 5: Positive Psychology Applications ; P. Alex Linley, Stephen Joseph, John Maltby, Susan Harrington & Alex M. Wood ; 6: Positive Psychology within a Cultural Context ; Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Lisa M. Edwards, & Shane J. Lopez ; Part 2: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Human Behavior ; 7: Stopping the "Madness": Positive Psychology and Deconstructing the Illness Ideology and the DSM ; James Maddux ; 8: Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A Case for Including Human Strengths and Environmental Resources ; Beatrice Wright & 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 & Alex J. Zautra ; 11: Positive Ethics ; Mitchell M. Handelsman, Samuel Knapp, Michael C. Gottlieb ; Part 3: Positive Psychology Across the Lifespan ; 12: Resilience in Development ; Ann S. Masten, J. J. Cutili, Janette E. Herbers, & 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, & 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 & Julie Christie ; 16: New Territories of Positive Lifespan Developments: Wisdom and Life Longings ; Susanne Scheibe, Ute Kunzmann, & Paul B. Baltes ; Part 4: Emotional Approaches ; 17: Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction ; Ed Diener, Shigehiro Oishi, & Richard E. Lucas ; 18: Flow Theory and Research ; Jeanne Nakamura & Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi ; 19: Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Positive Emotional States ; David Watson & 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, & Jennifer L. Austenfeld ; 22: The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence ; Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, David Caruso, & Seung Hee You ; 23: Emotional Creativity: Toward "Spiritualizing the Passions" ; James Averill ; Part 5: Cognitive Approaches ; 24: Creativity ; Dean Keith Simonton ; 25: The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning ; Suzanne Thompson ; 26: Mindfulness vs. Personal Evaluation ; Ellen Langer ; 27: Perspectives on Time ; Ilona Boniwell ; 28: Optimism ; Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier, Christopher J. Miller, & Daniel Fulford ; 29: Optimistic Explanatory Style ; Christopher Peterson & Tracy A. Steen ; 30: Hope Theory ; Kevin L. Rand & 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 & Dong-gwi Lee ; 33: Self-Determination ; Michael L. Wehmeyer, Todd D. Little, & Julie Sergeant ; 34: Curiosity and Interest: The Benefits of Thriving on Novelty and Challenge ; Todd B. Kashdan & Paul J. Silvia ; 35: Courage ; Cynthia Pury & Shane J. Lopez ; Part 6: Interpersonal Approaches ; 36: Relationship Connection: A Redux on the Role of Minding and the Quality of Feeling Special in the Enhancement of Closeness ; John Harvey & Brian 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, & David A. Lishner ; 40: Forgiveness ; Michael E. McCullough, Lindsey M. Root, Benjamin A. Tabak, Charlotte Witvliet ; 41: Furthering the Science of Gratitude ; Philip Watkins, Michael Van Gelder, & Araceli Fias ; 42: Love ; Clyde Hendrick & Susan S. Hendrick ; 43: For Richer...in Good Times...and In Health: Positive Process in Relationships ; Natalya C. Maisel & Shelly L. Gable ; Part 7: Self-Based Approaches ; 44: What's Positive About Self-Verification? ; Rebecca J. North & William B. Swann, Jr. ; 45: Reality Negotiation ; Raymond L. Higgins & Matthew W. Gallagher ; 46: Humility ; June Tangney ; 47: The Motive for Distinctiveness: A Universal, but Flexible Human Need ; Vivian L. Vignoles ; Part 8: 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 & Peggy M. Zoccola ; 50: The Central Role of the Heart in Generating and Sustaining Positive Emotions ; Rollin McCraty & Robert A. Rees ; 51: Toughness ; Richard A. Dienstbier & Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig ; Part 9: Positive Institutions ; 52: Family-Centered Positive Psychology ; Susan M. Sheridan & Jennifer D. Burt ; 53: Positive Schools ; E. Scott Huebner; Rich Gilman, Amy L. Reschly, & Russell Hall ; 54: Positive Psychology on Campus ; Laurie A. Schreiner, Eileen Hulme, Roderick Hetzel, & Shane J. Lopez ; 55: Positive Workplaces ; Fred Luthans & Carolyn M. Youssef ; 56: Positive Institutions, Law, and Policy ; Peter H. Huang & Jeremy A. Blumenthal ; Part 10: Specific Coping Approaches ; 57: Meditation and Positive Psychology ; Shauna L. Shapiro ; 58: Spirituality: The Search for the Sacred ; Kenneth I. Pargament & Annette Mahoney ; 59: Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking About Emotional Experiences ; Kate G. Neiderhoffer & James W. Pennebaker ; 60: Benefit-Finding and Growth ; Suzanne C. Lechner, Howard Tennen, & Glenn Affleck ; 61: Making Sense of Loss, Perceiving Benefits, and Posttraumatic Growth ; Christopher G. Davis & Susan Nolen-Hoeksema ; 62: Happiness, Resilience, and Positive Growth via Physical Disability: Issues for Understanding, Research, and Therapeutic Intervention ; Dana S. Dunn, Gitendra Uswatte, & Timothy Elliott ; Part 11: Toward Better Lives ; 63: The Promise of Sustainable Happiness ; Julia Boehm & Sonya Lyubomirsky ; 64: Meaning in Life ; Michael F. Steger ; 65: The Future of Positive Psychology: Pursuing Three Big Goals ; Shane J. Lopezshow more

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