The Psychology of Gratitude

Hardcover | June 23, 2004

EditorRobert A. Emmons, Michael E. Mccullough

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Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired very little vigorous, empirical research. In an effort to remedy this oversight, this volume brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what hasbecome known as the most-neglected emotion. The volume begins with the historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of gratitude, then presents the current research perspectives from social, personality, and developmental psychology, as well as from primatology, anthropology, and biology.The volume also includes a comprehensive, annotated bibliography of research on gratitude. This work contributes a great deal to the growing positive psychology initiative and to the scientific investigation of positive human emotions. It will be an invaluable resource for researchers and studentsin social, personality, and developmental, clinical, and health psychology, as well as to sociologists and cultural anthropologists.

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Gratitude, like other positive emotions, has inspired many theological and philosophical writings, but it has inspired very little vigorous, empirical research. In an effort to remedy this oversight, this volume brings together prominent scientists from various disciplines to examine what hasbecome known as the most-neglected emotion. ...

Robert A. Emmons is at University of California, Davis. Michael E. McCullough is at University of Miami.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 6.18 × 9.21 × 1.5 inPublished:June 23, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Robert C. Solomon: Preface1. Robert A. Emmons: The Psychology of GratitudePart I: Philosophical and Theological Foundations2. Edward Harpham: Gratitude in the History of Ideas3. Solomon Schimmel: Gratitude in Judaism4. Robert C. Roberts: The Blessings of Gratitude: A Conceptual AnalysisPart II: Social, Personality and Developmental Approaches to Gratitude5. Dan P. McAdams and Jack Bauer: Gratitude in Modern Life: Its Manifestations and Development6. Ross Buck: The Gratitude of Exchange and the Gratitude of Caring: A Developmental-Interactionist Perspective of Moral Emotions7. Michael E. McCullough and Jo-Ann Tsang: Parent of the Virtues? The Prosocial Contours of GratitudePart III: Perspectives from Emotion Theory8. Barbara L. Fredrickson: Gratitude (Like Other Positive Emotions) Broadens and Builds9. Philip Watkins: Gratitude and Subjective Well-BeingPart IV: Perspectives from Anthropology and Biology10. Aafke Komter: Gratitude and Gift Exchange11. Kristin Bonnie and Frans de Waal: Primate Social Reciprocity and the Origin of Gratitude12. Rollin McCraty and Doc Childre: Gratitude and the Heart: The Psychophysiology of AppreciationPart V: Discussion and Conclusions13. Charles Shelton: Gratitude: Considerations From a Moral Perspective14. Brother David Steindl-Rast: Gratitude as Thankfulness and as GratefulnessJo-Ann Tsang and Michael E. McCullough: Appendix: Annotated Bibliography of Research on GratitudeIndex