Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

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SAGE Publications, Aug 6, 2018 - Psychology - 672 pages
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Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths comprehensively covers the science and application of positive psychology. The book brings positive psychology to life by illustrating issues such as how psychological strength can help increase positive outcomes in school and the workplace and promote cooperative relationships among people. Furthermore, the book encourages readers to engage with concepts in order to understand positive emotions and strengths, such as empathy, altruism, gratitude, attachment, and love. Over 50 case studies grounded in practice, research, and the authors’ teaching experience reveal how positive psychological phenomena operate in the lives of real people. The Fourth Edition continues to integrate cultural context in every chapter to reflect the diversity in today’s world.


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I enjoyed reading this book because it is more than a scholarly text book on positive psychology, it offers ways one can experience and look for the positive.


In Search of Optimal
Portals to Altruism and Gratitude 21 Chapter 12 Attachment Love Flourishing Relationships and Forgiveness
Attachment Love Flourishing Relationships and Forgiveness
Part VI Understanding and Changing Human Behavior 23 Chapter 13 Balanced Conceptualizations of Mental Health and Behavior 24 Chapter 14 Pre...
The Psychology of Gainful Employment and the Education That Gets Us There
Teachers Cant Get Jobs in the Real World
Teaching as a Calling
Giving Back to Teachers

Emphases in Individualism
Classifications and Measures of Strengths and Positive
Positive Outcomes for
Positive Psychology in Context
The Life Tasks of Adulthood
Understanding Positive Affect Positive Emotions Happiness and WellBeing 14 Chapter 7 Making the Most of Emotional Experiences EmotionFocuse...
Moving Toward the Positive
Emotions and EmotionRelated Goals
Characteristics of the Wise and the Brave 18 Chapter 10 Mindfulness Flow and Spirituality In Search of Optimal Experiences
Characteristics of the Wise and the Brave
Education That Gets Us There work together to contribute to a more productive
Having or Being a Good Boss
Positive Psychological Capital
The Tale of a Hospital Orderly
Embodying Strengths in Everyday Life 28 Chapter 16 Remembering Shane Real Strengths in a Real Person
Glossary of Key Terms
Author Index
Subject Index

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Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute. Dr. Lopez has published more than 100 articles and chapters and 10 books in addition to Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. These include Making Hope Happen, his first trade book; The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People; The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology; and The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue (with Cynthia Pury). Dr. Lopez is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the International Positive Psychology Association. A professor of education for a decade, he is now professor of business at the University of Kansas.

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she has been teaching positive psychology with a multicultural focus for over 10 years. She is the lead editor on a new edited volume entitled Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism and Positive Psychology (with Lisa M. Edwards), and recently spoke on the topic of including cultural context in positive psychological discussions as a keynote speaker at the Asian Pacific Conference on Applied Positive Psychology in Hong Kong. Dr. Teramoto Pedrotti has contributed to many different volumes throughout her career such as The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychological Interventions, Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology, and the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling. In addition, her work has appeared in multiple journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of Positive Psychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Professional School Counseling. As a Diversity and Inclusivity Faculty Mentor on her campus, she works with students daily in culturally competent ways to identify and enhance their strengths.

C. R. Snyder, Ph.D. (deceased) was the Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Internationally known for his work at the interface of clinical, social, personality, and health psychology, his theories have pertained to how people react to personal feedback, the human need for uniqueness, the ubiquitous drive to excuse transgressions and, most recently, the hope motive. He received 31 research awards and 27 teaching awards at the university, state, and national levels. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from Indiana Wesleyan University. Snyder has appeared many times on national American television shows, and he has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio. His scholarly work on the human need for uniqueness received the rare recognition of being the subject matter of an entire Sunday cartoon sequence by Gary Trudeau. All of these accomplishments were packaged in a graying and self-effacing absent-minded professor who says of himself, “If you don’t laugh at yourself, you have missed the biggest joke of all!”

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