The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology

Paperback | September 15, 2011

EditorShane J. Lopez, C. R. Snyder

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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology is the seminal reference in the 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. These 65 chapters summarize all of the relevant literature in the field. 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, anddevelopmental psychology. Topics include not only happiness 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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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology is the seminal reference in the 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 t...

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Research in Education, University of Kansas. C.R. Snyder, Ph.D., was Wright Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:744 pages, 7.01 × 9.88 × 1.61 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

ForewordPrefacePart 1Major Developments in Positive Psychology1. Shane J. Lopez and Matthew W. Gallagher: A Case for Positive Psychology2. Ed Diener: Positive Psychology Past, Present, and Future3. Michael Cohn and Barbara Fredrickson: Positive Emotions4. Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park: Classifying and Measuring Strengths of Character5. P. Alex Linley, Stephen Joseph, John Maltby, and Alex M. Wood: Positive Psychology Applications6. Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Lisa M. Edwards, and Shane J. Lopez: Positive Psychology within a Cultural ContextPart 2Positive Psychology Perspectives on Human Behavior7. James Maddux: Stopping the "Madness": Positive Psychology and Deconstructing the Illness Ideology and the DSM8. Beatrice Wright and Shane J. Lopez: Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A Case for Including Human Strengths and Environmental Resources9. Corey L. M. Keyes: Toward a Science of Mental Health10. Anthony D. Ong and Alex J. Zautra: Measuring the Dynamics of Positive Human Health: From Covariance Systems to Dynamic Structures11. Mitchell M. Handelsman, Samuel Knapp, Michael C. Gottlieb: Positive EthicsPart 3Positive Psychology Across the Lifespan12. Ann S. Masten, J. J. Cutili, Janette E. Herbers, and Marie-Gabrielle J. Reed: Resilience in Development13. Keri J. Brown Kirschman, Rebecca J. Johnson, Jade A. Bender, and Michael C. Roberts: Positive Psychology for Children and Adolescents: Development, Prevention, and Promotion14. Richard M. Lerner: The Positive Youth Development Perspective: Theoretical and Empirical Bases of a Strengths-Based Approach to Adolescent Development15. Gail W. Williamson and Julie Christie: Aging Well in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities16. Susanne Scheibe, Ute Kunzmann, and Paul B. Baltes: New Territories of Positive Lifespan Developments: Wisdom and Life LongingsPart 4Emotional Approaches17. Ed Diener, Shigehiro Oishi, and Richard E. Lucas: Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction18. Jeanne Nakamura and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow Theory and Research19. David Watson and Kristin Naragon: Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Positive Emotional States20. John P. Hewitt: The Social Construction of Self-Esteem21. Annette L. Stanton, Sarah J. Sullivan, and Jennifer L. Austenfeld: Coping Through Emotional Approach: Emerging Evidence for the Utility of Processing and Expressing Emotions in Responding to Stressors22. Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer, David Caruso, and Seung Hee You: The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence23. James Averill: Emotional Creativity: Toward "Spiritualizing the Passions"Part 5Cognitive Approaches24. Dean Keith Simonton: Creativity25. Suzanne Thompson: The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning26. Ellen Langer: Mindfulness vs. Personal Evaluation27. Ilona Boniwell: Perspectives on Time28. Charles S. Carver, Michael F. Scheier, Christopher J. Miller, and Daniel Fulford: Optimism29. Christopher Peterson and Tracy A. Steen: Optimistic Explanatory Style30. Kevin L. Rand and Jennifer S. Cheavens: Hope Theory31. James E. Maddux: Self-Efficacy, The Power of Believing You Can32. P. Paul Heppner and Dong-gwi Lee: Problem-Solving Appraisal and Psychological Adjustment33. Michael L. Wehmeyer, Todd D. Little, and Julie Sergeant: Self-Determination34. Todd B. Kashdan and Paul J. Silvia: Curiosity and Interest: The Benefits of Thriving on Novelty and Challenge35. Cynthia Pury and Shane J. Lopez: CouragePart 6Interpersonal Approaches36. John Harvey and Brian Pauwels: Relationship Connection: A Redux on the Role of Minding and the Quality of Feeling Special in the Enhancement of Closeness37. Eric J. Cassell: Compassion38. Frederick G. Lopez: Adult Attachment Security: The Relational Scaffolding of Positive Psychology39. C. Daniel Batson, Nadia Ahmad, and David A. Lishner: Empathy and Altruism40. Michael E. McCullough, Lindsey M. Root, Benjamin A. Tabak, Charlotte Witvliet: Forgiveness41. Philip Watkins, Michael Van Gelder, and Araceli Fias: Furthering the Science of Gratitude42. Clyde Hendrick and Susan S. Hendrick: Love43. Natalya C. Maisel and Shelly L. Gable: For RicherELIn Good TimesELand In Health: Positive Process in RelationshipsPart 7Self-Based Approaches44. Rebecca J. North and William B. Swann, Jr.: What's Positive About Self-Verification?45. Raymond L. Higgins and Matthew W. Gallagher: Reality Negotiation46. June Tangney: Humility47. Vivian L. Vignoles: The Motive for Distinctiveness: Identity Construction in a Cultural ContextPart 8Biological Approaches48. Alice M. Isen: A Role of Neuropsychology in Understanding the Facilitating Influence of Positive Affect on Social Behavior and Cognitive Processes49. Sally S. Dickerson and Peggy M. Zoccola: Toward a Biology of Social Support50. Rollin McCraty and Robert A. Rees: The Central Role of the Heart in Generating and Sustaining Positive Emotions51. Richard A. Dienstbier and Lisa M. Pytlik Zillig: ToughnessPart 9Positive Institutions52. Susan M. Sheridan and Jennifer D. Burt: Family-Centered Positive Psychology53. E. Scott Huebner; Rich Gilman, Amy L. Reschly, and Russell Hall: Positive Schools54. Laurie A. Schreiner, Eileen Hulme, Roderick Hetzel, and Shane J. Lopez: Positive Psychology on Campus55. Fred Luthans and Carolyn M. Youssef: Positive Workplaces56. Peter H. Huang and Jeremy A. Blumenthal: Positive Institutions, Law, and PolicyPart 10Specific Coping Approaches57. Shauna L. Shapiro: Meditation and Positive Psychology58. Kenneth I. Pargament and Annette Mahoney: Spirituality: The Search for the Sacred59. Kate G. Neiderhoffer and James W. Pennebaker: Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking About Emotional Experiences60-. Suzanne C. Lechner, Howard Tennen, and Glenn Affleck: Benefit-Finding and Growth61. Christopher G. Davis and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema: Making Sense of Loss, Perceiving Benefits, and Posttraumatic Growth62. Dana S. Dunn, Gitendra Uswatte, and Timothy Elliott: Happiness, Resilience, and Positive Growth via Physical Disability: Issues for Understanding, Research, and Therapeutic InterventionPart 11Toward Better Lives63. Julia Boehm and Sonya Lyubomirsky: The Promise of Sustainable Happiness64. Michael F. Steger: Meaning in Life65. Shane J. Lopez: The Future of Positive Psychology: Pursuing Three Big Goals