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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

Fifth Edition

January 2024 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths offers comprehensive coverage of the science and application of positive emotions and human strengths such as empathy, altruism, gratitude, attachment, and love. Authors Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Shane J. Lopez, Ryon C. McDermott, and C. R. Snyder bring positive psychology to life for students by showing how it can improve all phases of contemporary life. The fully revised Fifth Edition explores new examples and reflections on current events, new and emerging scholarship in the field, expanded coverage of the neurological and biological foundations of positive psychology, and a new focus on the diverse aspects of our society and the many strengths rooted in our multi-faceted cultures.

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Part I • Looking at Psychology from A Positive Perspective
Chapter 1 • Welcome to Positive Psychology
Chapter 2 • Eastern and Western Perspectives on Positive Psychology: How “ME + WE = US” Might Bridge the Gap
Chapter 3 • Classifications and Measurement in Positive Psychology
Part II • Positive Psychology in Context
Chapter 4 • The Role of Culture in Developing Strengths and Living Well
Chapter 5 • Living Well at Every Stage of Life
Part III • Positive Emotional States and Processes
Chapter 6 • The Principles of Pleasure: Understanding Positive Affect, Positive Emotions, Happiness, and Well-Being
Chapter 7 • Making the Most of Emotional Experiences: Emotion-Focused Coping, Emotional Intelligence, Socioemotional Selectivity, and Emotional Storytelling
Part IV • Positive Cognitive States and Processes
Chapter 8 • Seeing Our Futures Through Self-Efficacy, Optimism, and Hope
Chapter 9 • Wisdom and Courage: Characteristics of the Wise and the Brave
Chapter 10 • Mindfulness, Flow, and Spirituality: In Search of Optimal Experiences
Part V • Prosocial Behavior
Chapter 11 • Empathy and Egotism: Portals to Altruism and Gratitude
Chapter 12 • Attachment, Love, Flourishing Relationships, and Forgiveness
Part VI • Understanding and Changing Human Behavior
Chapter 13 • Preventing the Bad and Promoting the Good
Part VII • Positive Environments
Chapter 14 • 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
Chapter 15 • The Future of Positive Psychology for the Public Good: A Dialogue Between the Authors


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"[…] a comprehensive textbook on Positive Psychology that incorporates the historical and cultural aspects of psychology, and provides a framework for where positive psychology fits within our current culture. The text provides a balance of research, relevant examples, and thought-provoking activities for students."

Tamara Davis
Marymount University

"Comprehensive, well researched, evidence-based text on principles of positive psychology with mini-experiments for students to apply the material within their own lives for improved learning."

Barbara Walker
University of Cincinnati

The book cover the overall perspective of Positive Psychology and it can be linked to Organizational Management issues. Our course CQC7053- Positive Psychology for Managers consist of 2 occurrence and each class target number of students is 40.

Dr Safiah Omar
Faculty of Business and Acountancy, University of Malaya
February 13, 2024
Key features
  • 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 new scholarship, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, biology, and cultural context.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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