A Primer in Positive Psychology (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jun 28, 2006 - Psychology - 400 pages
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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. It is a newly-christened approach within psychology that takes seriously the examination of that which makes life most worth living. Everyone's life has peaks and valleys, and positive psychology does not deny the valleys. Its signature premise is more nuanced, but nonetheless important: what is good about life is as genuine as what is bad and, therefore, deserves equal attention from psychologists. Positive psychology as an explicit perspective has existed only since 1998, but enough relevant theory and research now exist to fill a textbook suitable for a semester-long college course. 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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Contents

1 What Is Positive Psychology?
3
Not a Spectator Sport
25
3 Pleasure and Positive Experience
47
4 Happiness
75
5 Positive Thinking
107
6 Character Strengths
137
7 Values
165
8 Interests Abilities and Accomplishments
195
9 Wellness
223
10 Positive Interpersonal Relationships
249
11 Enabling Institutions
275
12 The Future of Positive Psychology
305
References
315
Name Index
367
Subject Index
381
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