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Positive Psychology

Positive Psychology
The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths

Fifth Edition

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Psychological Health

March 2024 | 552 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths offers comprehensive coverage of the science and application of positive emotions and human strengths such as empathy, altruism, gratitude, attachment, and love. Authors Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Shane J. Lopez, Ryon C. McDermott, and C. R. Snyder bring positive psychology to life for students by showing how it can improve all phases of contemporary life. The fully revised Fifth Edition explores new examples and reflections on current events, new and emerging scholarship in the field, expanded coverage of the neurological and biological foundations of positive psychology, and a new focus on the diverse aspects of our society and the many strengths rooted in our multi-faceted cultures.

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Part I • Looking at Psychology from A Positive Perspective
Chapter 1 • Welcome to Positive Psychology
Chapter 2 • Eastern and Western Perspectives on Positive Psychology: How “ME + WE = US” Might Bridge the Gap
Chapter 3 • Classifications and Measurement in Positive Psychology
Part II • Positive Psychology in Context
Chapter 4 • The Role of Culture in Developing Strengths and Living Well
Chapter 5 • Living Well at Every Stage of Life
Part III • Positive Emotional States and Processes
Chapter 6 • The Principles of Pleasure: Understanding Positive Affect, Positive Emotions, Happiness, and Well-Being
Chapter 7 • Making the Most of Emotional Experiences: Emotion-Focused Coping, Emotional Intelligence, Socioemotional Selectivity, and Emotional Storytelling
Part IV • Positive Cognitive States and Processes
Chapter 8 • Seeing Our Futures Through Self-Efficacy, Optimism, and Hope
Chapter 9 • Wisdom and Courage: Characteristics of the Wise and the Brave
Chapter 10 • Mindfulness, Flow, and Spirituality: In Search of Optimal Experiences
Part V • Prosocial Behavior
Chapter 11 • Empathy and Egotism: Portals to Altruism and Gratitude
Chapter 12 • Attachment, Love, Flourishing Relationships, and Forgiveness
Part VI • Understanding and Changing Human Behavior
Chapter 13 • Preventing the Bad and Promoting the Good
Part VII • Positive Environments
Chapter 14 • Positive Schooling and Good Work: The Psychology of Gainful Employment and the Education That Gets Us There
Part VIII • Finding Strengths in Others: Embodying Strengths in Everyday Life
Chapter 15 • The Future of Positive Psychology for the Public Good: A Dialogue Between the Authors


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"[…] a comprehensive textbook on Positive Psychology that incorporates the historical and cultural aspects of psychology, and provides a framework for where positive psychology fits within our current culture. The text provides a balance of research, relevant examples, and thought-provoking activities for students."

Tamara Davis
Marymount University

"Comprehensive, well researched, evidence-based text on principles of positive psychology with mini-experiments for students to apply the material within their own lives for improved learning."

Barbara Walker
University of Cincinnati

The book cover the overall perspective of Positive Psychology and it can be linked to Organizational Management issues. Our course CQC7053- Positive Psychology for Managers consist of 2 occurrence and each class target number of students is 40.

Dr Safiah Omar
Faculty of Business and Acountancy, University of Malaya
February 13, 2024

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti

Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, PhD, is associate dean for diversity and curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts and professor in the Department of Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she has been teaching positive psychology with a multicultural focus for over 10 years. She is also serving in an interim role as the associate vice president for Academic Initiatives for the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, also at Cal Poly. She is the lead editor on a volume entitled Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism and Positive Psychology (with Lisa M. Edwards)... More About Author

Shane J. Lopez

Shane J. Lopez, PhD (deceased), was a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute. Dr. Lopez published more than 100 articles and chapters and 10 books in addition to Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. These include Making Hope Happen, his first trade book; The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (with C. R. Snyder); Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (with C. R. Snyder); Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People; The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology; and The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an... More About Author

Ryon Chester McDermott

Ryon C. McDermott, PhD is a professor of clinical and counseling psychology at the University of South Alabama. He studies the measurement, applications, and intersections of culture and individual differences in emerging adulthood. Dr. McDermott has published more than 90 peer-reviewed studies in academic journals such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Counseling Psychologist, Health Psychology, Body Image, Psychological Assessment, Psychology of Violence, Journal of Affective Disorders, Psychology of Men and Masculinities, and Sex Roles. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Centers For... More About Author

C. R. Snyder

C. R. Snyder, PhD (deceased), was the Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Internationally known for his work at the interface of clinical, social, personality, and health psychology, his theories pertained to how people react to personal feedback, the human need for uniqueness, the ubiquitous drive to excuse transgressions, and, most recently, the hope motive. He received 31 research awards and 27 teaching awards at the university, state, and national levels. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from Indiana Wesleyan University. Snyder appeared many times on national American... More About Author

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