Positive Psychology of Love

Hardcover | June 12, 2013

EditorM. Hojjat, Duncan Cramer

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Many topics within the study of close relationships are relevant to positive psychology, such as love, friendship, social support, and forgiveness. However, very little has been done to specifically connect and thus expand these two interrelated and rapidly growing fields. Positive Psychology of Love fills this void by bringing together the latest research and theory in the field of close relationships from a positive psychology point of view, suggesting how we can have more fulfilling close and intimate relationships and how these relationships may enhance our lives.Each of the chapters focuses on a different aspect of close and intimate relationships as related to positive psychology, such as romantic love, friendship, positive emotions, sexuality, attachment, communication, forgiveness, conflict resolution, self-esteem, relational maintenance, mental health,physical health, and culture. International contributors from a variety of disciplines explore how these areas of close relationships relate to positive psychology, and how close relationships function as an important aspect of our personal health, growth, happiness, and well-being. This unique andfascinating approach will be of interest to researchers, educators, and students in a number of fields including psychology, sociology, counseling, social work, communication, family studies, marriage and family therapy, and nursing.

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Many topics within the study of close relationships are relevant to positive psychology, such as love, friendship, social support, and forgiveness. However, very little has been done to specifically connect and thus expand these two interrelated and rapidly growing fields. Positive Psychology of Love fills this void by bringing togethe...

M. Hojjat is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research has focused on a variety of topics including love, satisfaction, betrayal, and forgiveness in friendships and romantic relationships. Duncan Cramer is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor of Psychological Health at Loughbo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 12, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199791064

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Pat Noller: ForewordM. Hojjat and Duncan Cramer: Introduction: Towards a Positive Psychology of LoveAbout the EditorsAbout the ContributorsPART I: Major Aspects of Love1. Jennifer M. Tomlinson and Arthur Aron: The Positive Psychology of Romantic Love2. Karen J. Prager, Forouz Shirvani, Jennifer J. Garcia, and Minnotis Coles: Intimacy and Positive Psychology3. William K. Rawlins and Laura D. Russell: Friendship, Positive Being-with-Others, and the Edifying Practices of Storytelling and Dialogue4. Julie Fitness and Vicki Williams: The Features and Functions of Positive Emotions in Close Relationships5. Emily A. Impett, Amy Muise, and Juliana G. Breines: From Risk to Pleasure: Toward a Positive Psychology of Sexuality6. Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver: Attachment Theory as a Framework for a Positive Psychology of LovePART II: Handling Difficult Times7. Brian Asbury and Steve Duck: Positive Psychology of Love and Communication8. Beverley Fehr and Susan Sprecher: Compassionate Love: What we know so far9. M. Hojjat and Brian Ayotte: Forgiveness and Positive Psychology10. Lorne Campbell and Sarah C. E. Stanton: Handling Conflicts PositivelyPART III: Physical and Mental Health and Growth11. Christopher J. Mruk: Self-Esteem, Relationships, and Positive Psychology: Concepts, Research, and Connections12. Brian R. Little and David M. Frost: Aspects of love: Connecting, romancing, and caring13. Jeana L. Magyar-Moe: Positive Psychology and Mental Health14. Aubri A. Paxson and Shauna L. Shapiro: Love and Physical Health15. Jennifer Marmo and Daniel J. Canary: Connecting Happiness to Relational Maintenance: Understanding the importance of fairness16. Stanley O. Gaines, Jr. and Sarah Ketay: Positive Psychology, Culture, and Personal Relationship ProcessesPART IV: Conclusion17. Clyde Hendrick and Susan S. Hendrick: Conclusions/Epilogue