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Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths, Third Edition
Snyder, C.R. (Charles), Shane J. Lopez and Jennifer T. Pedrotti
Sage Publications Inc / Softcover / 2014-08-01 / 1452276439
Positive Psychology / Psychotherapy
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The fully updated Third Edition of Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths covers the science and application of positive psychology and presents new frameworks for understanding positive emotions and strengths through a culturally competent lens. The authors bring positive psychology to life by addressing important issues such as how positive psychology can improve schooling and the workplace, as well as how it can promote flourishing in day-to-day life. Throughout the book, well-crafted exercises allow readers to apply major principles to their own lives. The book also explores various positive conditions within multiple cultural contexts, such as happiness and well-being, and processes related to mindfulness, wisdom, courage, and spirituality.


“The emphasis is not exclusively clinical; it includes applications and implications across a number of environments and draws from a number of perspectives, including neurobiology. This range makes it an excellent choice for anchoring major concepts so students can explore the application of positive psychology to their specific areas of interest.”
Dr. Pamela Rutledge, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology


Part I: Looking at Psychology from a Positive Perspective

Chapter 1: Welcome to Positive Psychology
Building Human Strength: Psychology’s Forgotten Mission
Going From the Negative to the Positive
Positive Psychology Seeks a Balanced, More Complete View of Human Functioning
Where We Are Now and What We Will Ask
A Guide to This Book
The Big Picture
Appendix: Movies for Review

Chapter 2: Eastern and Western Perspectives on Positive Psychology: How 'ME + WE = US' Might Bridge the Gap
A Matter of Perspective
Historical and Philosophical Traditions
Western Influences: Athenian, Judeo- Christian, and Islamic Traditions
Eastern Influences: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism
East Meets West
Individualism: The Psychology of ME
Collectivism: The Psychology of WE
Different Ways to Positive Outcomes
Where We Are Going: From ME to WE to US
ME/WE Balance: The Positive Psychology of US

Chapter 3: Classifications and Measures of Strengths and Positive Outcomes
Classifications and Measures of Strengths
Positive Outcomes for All
Identifying Strengths and Moving Toward a Vital Balance

Part II: Positive Psychology in Context

Chapter 4: The Role of Culture Developing Strengths and Living Well
Culture and Psychology
Understanding Culture: A Matter of Perspective
Positive Psychology: Culture is Everywhere
Putting Positive Psychology in a Cultural Context
Final Thoughts on the Complexity of Cultural Influences

Chapter 5: Living Well at Every Stage of Life
Resilience in Childhood
Positive Youth Development
The Life Tasks of Adulthood
Successful Aging
A More Developmental Focus in Positive Psychology

Part III: Positive Emotional States and Processes

Chapter 6: The Principles of Pleasure: Understanding Positive Affect, Positive Emotions, Happiness and Well-Being
Defining Emotional Terms
Distinguishing the Positive and the Negative
Positive Emotions: Expanding the Repertoire of Pleasure
Happiness and Subjective Well-Being: Living a Pleasurable Life
Moving Toward the Positive

Chapter 7: Making the Most of Emotional Experiences: Emotion-Focused Coping, Emotional Intelligence, Socioemotional Selectivity, and Emotional Storytelling
Emotion-Focused Coping: Discovering the Adaptive Potential of Emotional Approach
Emotional Intelligence: Learning the Skills That Make a Difference
Socioemotional Selectivity: Focusing in Later Life on Positive Emotions and Emotion-Related Goals
Emotional Storytelling: The Pennebaker Paradigm as a Means of Processing Intense Negative Emotions
Emotions and Context
Working With Emotions to Bring About Positive Change
An Emotional Balancing Act

Part IV: Positive Cognitive States and Processes

Chapter 8: Seeing Our Futures Through Self-Efficacy, Optimism, and Hope
Putting Temporal Futures in Perspective
Cultural Caveats About Temporal Perspective

Appendix A: A Summary of Hope Theories
Appendix B: Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory Items

Chapter 9: Wisdom and Courage: Characteristics of the Wise and the Brave
Becoming and Being Wise
Theories of Courage
Becoming and Being Courageous
Courage Research
Finding Wisdom and Courage in Daily Life

Chapter 10: Mindfulness, Flow, and Spirituality: In Search of Optimal Experiences
Moment-to-Moment Searches
Mindfulness: In Search of Novelty
Flow: In Search of Absorption
Spirituality: In Search of the Sacred
The Search Continues

Part V: Prosocial Behavior

Chapter 11: Empathy and Egotism: Portals to Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness
Personal Benefits of Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness
The Societal Implications of Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness
“I Have a Dream”: Toward a Kinder, Gentler Humankind
Appendix A: The Helping Attitude Scale
Appendix B: The Gratitude Questionnaire—Six Items From GQ-6
Appendix C: The Heartland Forgiveness Scale (HFS)
Appendix D: The Transgression-Related Interpersonal Motivations Scale (TRIM)

Chapter 12: Attachment, Love, and Flourishing Relationships
Infant Attachment
Adult Attachment Security
Flourishing Relationships: A Series of Purposeful Positive Relationship Behaviors
The Neurobiology of Interpersonal Connection
More on Flourishing Relationships
Future of Love
Building a Positive Psychology of Close Relationships

Part VI. Understanding and Changing Human Behavior

Chapter 13: Balanced Conceptualizations of Mental Health and Behavior
Moving Toward Balanced Conceptualizations
Our Fascination With Abnormal Behavior
Neglect of the Environment and of the Positive
The Lack of a Developmental Emphasis
Understanding Behavior in a Cultural Context
The Limits of the Categorical Diagnostic System
Going Beyond the DSM-5 Framework

Chapter 14: Preventing the Bad and Promoting the Good
In the Words of a Psychotherapy Client...
Primary Prevention: “Stop the Bad Before It Happens”
Secondary Prevention (Psychotherapy): “Fix the Problem”
Primary Enhancement: “Make Life Good”
Secondary Enhancement: “Make Life the Best Possible”
The Balance of Prevention and Enhancement Systems
Appendix A: Effective Secondary Preventions (Psychotherapies) for Adult Problems
Appendix B: Hope Therapy Worksheet

Part VII: Positive Environments

Chapter 15: Positive Schooling and Good Work: The Psychology of Gainful Employment and the Education That Gets Us There
Teaching as a Calling
Giving Back to Teachers
Gainful Employment
Gainful Employment: Happiness, Satisfaction, and Beyond
Having or Being a Good Boss
The Strengths-Based Approach to Work
Capital at Work
The Dark Side: Workaholics, Burnouts, and Jobs Lost
What Can Be Done to Improve Your Work?
When Work Becomes a Calling: The Tale of a Hospital Orderly
Appendix A: One Example of Positive Schooling: The StrengthsQuest Program
Appendix B: Positive Workplaces in Hong Kong: Building Positive Organizations, Engaging the Heart of Employees

Part VIII: A Positive Look at the Future of Psychology

Chapter 16: The Future of Positive Psychology: A Conversation Between the Authors
“Teachers Can’t Get Jobs in the Real World!”
“No Child Left Behind” and Beyond
The Components of Positive Schooling

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