Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths

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Routledge, 2011 - Psychology - 411 pages

Remediating deficits and managing disabilities has been a central preoccupation for clinical psychologists. Positive Psychology, in contrast, is concerned with the enhancement of happiness and well-being, involving the scientific study of the role of personal strengths and positive social systems in the promotion of optimal wellbeing.

Alan Carr's Positive Psychology has become essential reading for anyone requiring a thorough and accessible introduction to the field. This new edition retains all the features that made the first edition so popular, including:

  • accounts of major theories and relevant research
  • learning objectives
  • chapter summaries
  • research and personal development questions
  • suggestions for further reading
  • measures for use in research
  • glossaries of new terms.

The book has also been completely updated to take account of recent research and major advances, and includes a new chapter on Positive Psychotherapy, an extended account of research on character strengths and virtues, and a discussion of recent ground-breaking research on emotional intelligence.

This new edition of Positive Psychology will prove a valuable resource for psychology students and lecturers, as well as those involved in postgraduate training in related areas such as clinical psychology, social work, counselling and psychotherapy.

 

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Contents

1 Happiness
1
2 Positive traits
48
3 Hope and optimism
83
4 Flow
112
5 Emotional intelligence
137
6 Giftedness creativity and wisdom
190
7 Positive self
232
8 Positive relationships
278
9 Positive psychological therapy
328
Afterword
358
Glossary
360
References
367
Index
405
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About the author (2011)

Professor Alan Carr is the Director of the Doctoral Training Programme in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin and Consultant Marital and Family therapist at the Clanwilliam Institute for Marital and Family Therapy in Dublin.

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