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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Second Edition is the seminal reference in the burgeoning 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. The 65 chapters summarize all of the relevant literature in the field, and each of the international slate of contributors is essentially defining a lifetime of research. 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--which has been perhaps misrepresented in the popular media as the entirety of the field--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.

Book News Annotation:

This second edition of the handbook brings together recent developments in the field of positive psychology. Edited by the late C. R. Snyder of the University of Kansas and by Shane Lopez of the Clifton Strengths Institute, Omaha, with contributions by a host of experts in psychology, education, childhood development and social science, this volume explains the discipline and how it is intended to complement other aspects of behavioral psychology. The articles explore the reasons for one to have a sense of happiness and well-being, both physiological and situational before discussing different approaches to applying positive psychology in practice. Emphasis is placed on counseling children and teenagers to develop positive ways of coping. However, all the stages of life are touched upon. Studies of campus and workplace environments are analyzed. The conclusion, by Lopez, reminds the reader that positive psychology is the study, not of neuroses, but of "what is best in people". Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Psychology has long been enamored of the dark side of human existence, rarely exploring a more positive view of the mind. What has psychology contributed, for example, to our understanding of the various human virtues? Regrettably, not much. The last decade, however, has witnessed a growing movement to abandon the exclusive focus on the negative. Psychologists from several subdisciplines are now asking an intriguing question: "What strengths does a person employ to deal effectively with life?"

The Handbook of Positive Psychology provides a forum for a more positive view of the human condition. In its pages, readers are treated to an analysis of what the foremost experts believe to be the fundamental strengths of humankind. Both seasoned professionals and students just entering the field are eager to grasp the power and vitality of the human spirit as it faces a multitude of life challenges. The Handbook is the first systematic attempt to bring together leading scholars to give voice to the emerging field of positive psychology.

About the Author

C. R. Snyder is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas. Shane J. Lopez is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introductory and Historical Overview

1. Positive Psychology, Positive Prevention, and Positive Therapy, Martin E. P. Seligman

Part II: Identifying Strengths

2. Stopping the "Madness": Positive Psychology and the Deconstruction of the Illness Ideology and the DSM, James E. Maddux

3. Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A Case for Including Human Strengths and Environmental Resources, Beatrice A. Wright and Shane J. Lopez

4. Toward a Science of Mental Health: Positice Directions in Psychodiagnosis and Treatment, Corey Lee M. Keyes and Shane J. Lopez

Part III: Emotion-Focused Approaches

5. Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction, Ed Diener, Richard E. Lucas, and Shigehiro Oishi

6. Resilience in Development, Ann S. Masten and Marie-Gabrielle J. Reed

7. The Concept of Flow, Jeanne Nakamura and Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi

8. Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Pleasurable Emotional States, David Watson

9. Positive Emotions, Barbara L. Fredrickson

10. The Social Construction of Self-Esteem, John P. Hewitt

11. The Adaptive Potential of Coping through Emotional Approach, Annette L. Stanton, Anita Parsa, and Jennifer L. Austenfeld

12. The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence, Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, and David Caruso

13. Emotional Creativity: Toward "Spiritualizing the Passions", James R. Averill

Part IV: Cognitive-Focused Approaches

14. Creativity, Dean Keith Simonton

15. The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning, Suzanne C. Thompson

16. Well-Being: Mindfulness vs. Positive Evaluation, Ellen Langer

17. Optimism, Charles S. Carver and Michael F. Scheier

18. Optimistic Explanatory Style, Christopher Peterson and Tracy A. Steen

19. Hope Theory: A Member of the Positive Psychology Family, C. R. Snyder, Kevin Rand, and David Sigmon

20. Self Efficacy: The Power of Believing You Can, James Maddux

21. Problem-Solving Appraisal and Psychological Adjustment, P. Paul Heppner and Doug-gwi Lee

22. Setting Goals for Life and Happiness, Edwin A. Locke

23. The Passion to Know: A Developmental Perspective, Micahel Schulman

24. Wisdom: Its Structure and Function in Regulating Successful Lifespan Development, Paul B. Baltes, Judith Gleck, and Ute Kunzmann

Part V: Self-Based Approaches

25. Reality Negotiation, Raymond L. Higgins

26. The Truth About Illusions: Authenticity and Positivity in Social Relationships, William B. Swann and Brett W. Pelham

27. Authenticity, Susan Harter

28. Uniqueness Seeking, Michael Lynn and C. R. Snyder

29. Humility, June Price Tangney

Part VI: Interpersonal Approaches

30. Relationship Connection: The Role of Minding in the Enhancement of Closeness, John H. Harvey, Brian G. Pauwels, and Susan Zickmund

31. Compassion, Eric J. Cassell

32. The Psychology of Forgiveness, Michael McCullough and Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet

33. Gratitude and the Science of Positive Psychology, Robert A. Emmons and Charles M. Shelton

34. Love, Susan Hendrick and Clyde Hendrick

35. Empathy and Altruism, C. Daniel Batson, Nadia Ahmad, David A. Lishner, and Jo-Ann Tsang

36. How We Become Moral: The Sources of Moral Motivation, Michael Schulman

Part VII: Biological Approaches

37. Toughness, Richard Dienstbier and Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig

38. A Role for Neuropsychology in Understanding the Facilitating Influence of Positive Affect on Social Behavior and Cognitive Processes, Alice M. Isen

39. From Social Structure to Biology: Integrative Science in Pursuit of Human Health and Well-Being, Carol D. Ryff and Burton Singer

40. Toward a Biology of Social Support, Shelley E. Taylor, Sally S. Dickerson, and Laura Cousino Klein

Part VIII: Specific Coping Approaches

41. Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking about Emotional Experience, Kate G. Niederhoffer and James W. Pennebaker

42. Benefit-Finding and Benefit-Reminding, Howard Tennen and Glenn Affleck

43. Positive Responses to Loss: Perceiving Benefits and Growth, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema and Christopher G. Davis

44. The Pursuit of Meaningfulness in Life, Roy F. Baumeister and Kathleen D. Vohs

45. Humor, Herbert M. Lefcourt

46. Meditation and Positive Psychology, Shauna L. Shapiro, Gary E. R. Schwartz, and Craig Santerre

47. Spirituality: Discovering and Conserving the Sacred, Kenneth I. Pargament and Annette Mahoney

Part IX: Special Populations and Settings

48. Positive Psychology for Children: Development, Prevention, and Promotion, Michael Roberts, Keri G. Brown, Rebecca J. Johnson, and Janette Reinke

49. Aging Well: Outlook for the 21st Century, Gail M. Williamson

50. Positive Growth Following Acquired Physical Disability, Timothy R. Elliott, Monica Kurylo, and Patricia Rivera

51. Putting Positive Psychology in a Multicultural Context, Shane J. Lopez, Ellie C. Prosser, Lisa M. Edwards, Jeana L. Magyar-Moe, Jason E. Neufeld, and Heather N. Rasmussen

52. Positive Psychology at Work, Nick Turner, Julian Barling, and Anthea Zacharatos

Part X: The Future of the Field

53. Positive Ethics, Mitchell M. Handelsman, Samuel Knapp, and Michael C. Gottlieb

54. Constructivism and Positive Psychology, Michael Mahoney

55. The Future of Positive Psychology: A Declaration of Independence, C. R. Snyder and Shane J. Lopez, with contributions from Lisa Aspinwall, Barbara Fredrickson, Jon Haidt, Dacher Keltner, Christine Robitschek, Michael Wehmeyer, and Amy Wrzesniewski

Author Index

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195187243
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Positive psychology
Editor:
Lopez, Shane J.
Editor:
Snyder, C. R.
Author:
Lopez, Shane J.
Author:
Snyder, Robert
Author:
null, Shane J.
Author:
Snyder, C. R.
Author:
null, C. R.
Subject:
Clinical Psychology
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical
Subject:
Psychology : General
Series:
Oxford Library of Psychology
Publication Date:
20090421
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 line illus.
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
7 x 10 x 1.6 in 3.138 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Psychology has long been enamored of the dark side of human existence, rarely exploring a more positive view of the mind. What has psychology contributed, for example, to our understanding of the various human virtues? Regrettably, not much. The last decade, however, has witnessed a growing movement to abandon the exclusive focus on the negative. Psychologists from several subdisciplines are now asking an intriguing question: "What strengths does a person employ to deal effectively with life?"

The Handbook of Positive Psychology provides a forum for a more positive view of the human condition. In its pages, readers are treated to an analysis of what the foremost experts believe to be the fundamental strengths of humankind. Both seasoned professionals and students just entering the field are eager to grasp the power and vitality of the human spirit as it faces a multitude of life challenges. The Handbook is the first systematic attempt to bring together leading scholars to give voice to the emerging field of positive psychology.

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