A Primer In Positive Psychology

Paperback | July 14, 2006

byChristopher Peterson

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Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and at all stops in between. It is a newly-christened approach within psychology that takes seriously the examination of that which makes life most worth living. Everyone's life has peaks and valleys,and positive psychology does not deny the valleys. Its signature premise is more nuanced, but nonetheless important: what is good about life is as genuine as what is bad and, therefore, deserves equal attention from psychologists. Positive psychology as an explicit perspective has existed onlysince 1998, but enough relevant theory and research now exist to fill a textbook suitable for a semester-long college course.A Primer in Positive Psychology is thoroughly grounded in scientific research and covers major topics of concern to the field: positive experiences such as pleasure and flow; positive traits such as character strengths, values, and talents; and the social institutions that enable these subjects aswell as what recent research might contribute to this knowledge. Every chapter contains exercises that illustrate positive psychology, a glossary, suggestions of articles and books for further reading, and lists of films, websites, and popular songs that embody chapter themes.A comprehensive overview of positive psychology by one of the acknowledged leaders in the field, this textbook provides students with a thorough introduction to an important area of psychology.

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Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and at all stops in between. It is a newly-christened approach within psychology that takes seriously the examination of that which makes life most worth living. Everyone's life has peaks and valleys,and positive psychology does not deny the v...

Christopher Peterson has been at the University of Michigan since 1986. He is Professor of Psychology, the former director of clinical training, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, awarded in recognition of his accomplishments as an undergraduate instructor. Peterson is a member of the Positive Psychology Steering Committee, a consult...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.01 × 9.02 × 0.91 inPublished:July 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195188330

ISBN - 13:9780195188332

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Preface1. What is Positive Psychology?2. Learning about Positive Psychology: Not a Spectator Sport3. Pleasure and Positive Experience4. Happiness5. Positive Thinking6. Character Strengths7. Values8. Interests, Abilities, and Accomplishments9. Wellness10. Positive Interpersonal Relationships11. Enabling Institutions12. The Future of Positive PsychologyReferencesIndex of NamesSubject Index

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"Peterson moves gracefully, with gravitas and humor, and provides an honest account on positive psychology. Peterson provides a good overview of research findings on important themes...he also does a fine job of critical evaluation in many subdomains of psychological science...an excellentintroduction to the area of positive psychology."--PsycCRITIQUES