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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Second Edition edition (April 4 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195187245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195187243
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 4.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This is an excellent book on a unique approach to psychology. The international authorship helps readers see positive psychology from many different vantage points. Doody's Notes (Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D, Cermak Health Services)

About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Dense yet Worthwhile Feb. 2 2010
By Nathan Mccune - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Solid But Overly Academic Nov. 29 2010
By Robert Elliott - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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
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Very handy entries Dec 17 2012
By Incantessimo - Published on
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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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Exciting book in an exciting new field Oct. 19 2013
By Joanna - Published on
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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.
Excellent for my doctoral research projects Oct. 1 2014
By Corey Mac - Published on
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Excellent for my doctoral research projects. First book I've found that gives such a clear understanding of positive psychology from different points of view.