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Handbook of Positive Psychology [Hardcover]

C. R. Snyder , Shane J. Lopez
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April 4 2009 0195187245 978-0195187243 Second Edition
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.

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"This is an excellent book on a unique approach to psychology. The international authorship helps readers see positive pyschology from many different vantage points. The book ends on a helpful note, talking about the importance of the work of therapists in helping clients and families find meaning and happiness-- a point everyone can agree on."--Doody's Health Sciences Review, a 4-star review!

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C. R. Snyder is Professor and Director of the Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas. Shane J. Lopez is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education at the University of Kansas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars ouvrage complet dans le domaine Oct. 14 2010
Ce livre est un excellent ouvrage dans le domaine de la psychologie positive. Il donne une très bonne idée de ce qu'est la psychologie positive et les auteurs qui en traitent sont des maîtres à penser de ce domaine de la psychologie. Comme clinicien consultant en réadaptation, la psychologie positive offre une perspective très intéressante qui loin d'entrer en contradiction avec la psychopathologie, représente un complément précieux pour comprendre le fonctionnement humain et soutenir un processus de réhabilitation fondé sur les forces et ressources de l'individu et celles de son environnement. Je ne crois pas qu'il faille opposer la psychologie positive et la psychopathologie. Mon expérience m'a démontré que ces deux écoles ont leur place dans le domaine clinique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Complementary book Feb. 7 2013
By Cmc1217
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This is a collection of articles that provide an in-depth analysis of various areas of positive psychology. It complements Shane J Lopez & C.R Snyder's "Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths" texbook very well. Is a very good resource for psychology students, practitioners and researchers in psychology. Fast delivery!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dense yet Worthwhile Feb. 2 2010
By Nathan Mccune - Published on Amazon.com
Coming from a philosophical background, and this book being only the second text on positive psychology I've read after Haidt's "The Happiness Hypothesis," I was thoroughly blown away by the scope of this gargantuan collection of essays. Like any anthology it has its perks and dull points. The first section of essays is admirable in trying to sketch out the goals and direction of the young evolving science and proposing applied methods that distinguish it from clinical psychology/counseling psychology. The next two sections are somewhat dry, however the third section picks up concerning practical concerns of the development of individuals over their lifespans, from positive psychology's forecasted role in child developmental programs to giving an empirical analysis of wisdom and life-longings.

The sections on "Cognitive Approaches" and "Interpersonal Approaches" were by far the most intriguing. The topics of creativity, mindfulness, time, optimism, hope theory, self-efficacy, problem solving appraisal, curiosity, and courage among others are covered extensively each in their own essays. These sections are especially reminiscent of Aristotelian and Nietzschean virtue theories and take up the task appropriate of positive psychology of giving more scientific analyses of long held cross cultural consensus on virtues and various prosocial behaviors. If positive psychology is to grow as a newly demarcated field of study and not be a mere recapitulation or Aristotelian atavism it must couple this scrutinizing scientific eye with the guiding passion of the ancients. Overall, this text is worth the read and although some essays may not have appealed to me, other essays may advance other readers' personal research. It is a dense read and not for the timid reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting book in an exciting new field Oct. 19 2013
By Joanna - Published on Amazon.com
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The book arrived in the time frame and condition that was promised. I will be adopting it as a text book for a course I am teaching in the spring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy entries Dec 17 2012
By Nessander - Published on Amazon.com
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I have found these entries to be most handy. They are a good length (ranging from 2 pages or so to a bit longer) and have helpful bibliographies at the end. The entries I have read thus far have all been well written and informative. Occasionally these Handbooks can appear to be nice things to have that are never really used, but I have already gotten enough use out of this to consider it a worthwhile purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid But Overly Academic Nov. 29 2010
By Robert Elliott - Published on Amazon.com
This weighty volume offers a lot of technical information written in a very academic style.
Unfortunately the obvious striving for academic detail and rigor comes at the expense of readability and interest, with the result that it feels like reading a collection of narrow academic journal articles rather than readable overviews.
The first edition managed to marry both rigor and readability better
5.0 out of 5 stars Positive Psychology April 23 2013
By John W Conn - Published on Amazon.com
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I feel that positive psychology has picked me in my path of educational and treatment goals. I love the positive approach and have been able to see the benefits when it comes to treatment.
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