Positive Psychology in Practice

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P. Alex Linley, Stephen Joseph
John Wiley & Sons, Jun 27, 2012 - Psychology - 792 pages
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A thorough and up-to-date guide to putting positive psychology into practice

From the Foreword: "This volume is the cutting edge of positive psychology and the emblem of its future."
-Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Authentic Happiness

Positive psychology is an exciting new orientation in the field, going beyond psychology's traditional focus on illness and pathology to look at areas like well-being and fulfillment. While the larger question of optimal human functioning is hardly new - Aristotle addressed it in his treatises on eudaimonia - positive psychology offers a common language on this subject to professionals working in a variety of subdisciplines and practices. Applicable in many settings and relevant for individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies, positive psychology is a genuinely integrative approach to professional practice.

Positive Psychology in Practice fills the need for a broad, comprehensive, and state-of-the-art reference for this burgeoning new perspective. Cutting across traditional lines of thinking in psychology, this resource bridges theory, research, and applications to offer valuable information to a wide range of professionals and students in the social and behavioral sciences.

A group of major international contributors covers:

  • The applied positive psychology perspective
  • Historical and philosophical foundations
  • Values and choices in pursuit of the good life
  • Lifestyle practices for health and well-being
  • Methods and processes for teaching and learning
  • Positive psychology at work
The best and most thorough treatment of this cutting-edge discipline, Positive Psychology in Practice is an essential resource for understanding this important new theory and applying its principles to all areas of professional practice.
 

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Contents

Foreword
the Practice of Positive Psychology
Contributors
Applied Positive Psychology A New Perspective
The Content of this Volume
Strengths of Character in Practice
Historical and Philosophical
The Good Life Broadly and Narrowly
Clinical Applications of WellBeing Therapy
References
Strategies for Accentuating Hope
A Clinical Approach to Posttraumatic Growth
Positive Psychology and Psychotherapy
References
Classification and Measurement of Character
Emotional Intelligence in Practice

Good Life
Value Pathways to WellBeing Healthy Values
References
Fostering Healthy SelfRegulation from Within
Achieving Sustainable New Happiness
Conclusion
Physical Activity Positive Psychology in Motion
Balancing Time Perspective in Pursuit
References
Introducing Positive Psychology to
References
WellBeing
on Upward Comparisons in Relationships Education
Leading Well Transformational Leadership
StrengthsBased Development in Practice
Conclusion
Toward a Positive Psychology of Executive
Health Psychology Clinical
Toward a Positive Clinical Psychology
The Client Psychotherapys Missing Link
Practice
Positive Therapy A Positive Psychological
References
Gratitude in Practice and the Practice
Interventions
Approaches to a Good Life The Emotional
Theoretical Considerations
Fostering the Future Resilience Theory
Organized Youth Activities as Contexts
Positive Aging
Building Community through
Bringing Subjectivity into Focus Optimal
Suggestions for Practice
References
Facilitating Forgiveness
Human Connections and the Good Life
The Communitarian Movement
Conclusion
Happiness as a Public Policy Aim
Findings on Subjective WellBeing
A Population Approach to Positive Psychology
Conclusion
Signposts for the Practice
Author Index
Subject Index
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About the author (2012)

P. ALEX LINLEY is at the School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK. He is a founding member of the European Network for Positive Psychology, and served as its chair from 2002—2004. His research interests span the applications of positive psychology in professional practice and everyday life.

STEPHEN JOSEPH is at the University of Warwick, where he is the research tutor in the clinical psychology training program. He has published numerous articles on the psychology of trauma and is coauthor (with William Yule and Ruth Williams) of Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress: A Psychosocial Perspective on PTSD and Treatment (Wiley). Dr. Joseph also has a part-time private psychotherapy practice specializing in positive therapeutic approaches.

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