Description 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.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
A broader definition of culture as a contextualizing factor in the discussion of strengths is developed throughout the text with special consideration of facets such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, generation, nation of origin, socioeconomic status, and gender, among others.
New and updated content covers current events and brand new scholarship, particularly in the areas of neuroscience and cultural content.
Streamlined organization allows for better connections between topics to enhance readability.
Updated Personal Mini-Experiments and Life Enhancement Strategies help students from diverse backgrounds broaden and enhance their inherent and learned strengths.
A final chapter devoted to the memory of the late co-author Shane J. Lopez, a major figure in the field, inspires readers with stories from teachers and researchers.
Coverage of Western and Eastern approaches to understanding human strengths explores cultural and developmental influences on positive functioning.
Personal Mini-Experiments help readers apply the practice of positive psychology to their daily lives.
Life Enhancement Strategies suggest changes that can be implemented quickly and easily to help readers attain greater connections with others, pursue meaning in their lives, and experience increased life satisfaction.
Case histories and comments from leaders in the field illustrate key concepts as they apply to real life.
In-depth discussions of science and applications of positive psychology explore various positive conditions, such as empathy, altruism, gratitude, attachment, and love.
Table of Contents
Part I. Looking at Psychology From a Positive Perspective
1. Welcome to Positive Psychology
2. Eastern and Western Perspectives on Positive Psychology: How “ME + WE = US” Might Bridge the Gap
3. Classifications and Measures of Strengths and Positive Outcomes
Part II. Positive Psychology in Context
4. The Role of Culture in Developing Strengths and Living Well
5. Living Well at Every Stage of Life
Part III. Positive Emotional States and Processes
6. The Principles of Pleasure: Understanding Positive Affect, Positive Emotions, Happiness, and Well-Being
7. Making the Most of Emotional Experiences: Emotion-Focused Coping, Emotional Intelligence, Socioemotional Selectivity, and Emotional Storytelling
Part IV. Positive Cognitive States and Processes
8. Seeing Our Futures Through Self-Efficacy, Optimism, and Hope
9. Wisdom and Courage: Characteristics of the Wise and the Brave
10. Mindfulness, Flow, and Spirituality: In Search of Optimal Experiences
Part V. Prosocial Behavior
11. Empathy and Egotism: Portals to Altruism and Gratitude
12. Attachment, Love, Flourishing Relationships, and Forgiveness
Part VI. Understanding and Changing Human Behavior
13. Balanced Conceptualizations of Mental Health and Behavior
14. Preventing the Bad and Promoting the Good
Part VII. Positive Environments
15. Positive Schooling and Good Work: The Psychology of Gainful Employment and the Education That Gets Us There
Part VIII. Finding Strengths in Others: Embodying Strengths in Everyday Life
16. Remembering Shane: Real Strengths in a Real Person
Shane J. Lopez - University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA, Gallup/Clifton Strengths School Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA C. R. Snyder - University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA