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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology


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Table of Contents

Part 1. Major Developments in Positive Psychology
Chapter 1. Strengthening Positive Psychology
Chapter 2. Positive Psychology: Past, Present, and Future
Chapter 3. Positive Emotions
Chapter 4. Classifying and Measuring Strengths of Character
Chapter 5. Positive Psychology Applications
Chapter 6. Positive Psychology Within a Cultural Context

Part 2. Positive Psychology Perspectives on Human Behavior
Chapter 7. Stopping the "Madness": Positive Psychology and Deconstructing the Illness Ideology and the DSM
Chapter 8. Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A Case for Including Human Strengths and Environmental Resources
Chapter 9. Better Together: The Sciences and the Humanities in the Quest for Human Flourishing
Chapter 10. Mental Health: historical and cultural perspectives
Chapter 11. Modeling Positive Human Health: From Covariance Structures to Dynamic Systems

Part 3. Positive Psychology across the Lifespan
Chapter 12. Positive Psychology among Infants and Young Children
Chapter 13. Resilience in Development
Chapter 14. Positive Psychology for Children and Adolescents: Development, Prevention, and Promotion
Chapter 15. The Positive Youth Development Perspective: Theoretical and Empirical Bases of a Strengths-Based Approach to Adolescent Development
Chapter 16. Positive Aging
Chapter 17. New Territories of Positive Life-Span Development: Wisdom and Life Longings

Part 4. Emotional Approaches
Chapter 18. Subjective Well-Being: The Science of Happiness and Life Satisfaction
Chapter 19. Happiness
Chapter 20. The Experience of Flow: Theory and Research
Chapter 21. Positive Affectivity: The Disposition to Experience Positive Emotional States
Chapter 22. The Social Construction of Self-Esteem
Chapter 23. Coping Through Emotional Approach: Emerging Evidence for the Utility of Processing and Expressing Emotions in Responding to Stressors
Chapter 24. The Positive Psychology of Emotional Intelligence

Part 5. Cognitive Approaches
Chapter 25. Creativity
Chapter 26. The Role of Personal Control in Adaptive Functioning
Chapter 27. Mindfulness Versus Positive Evaluation
Chapter 28. Optimism
Chapter 29. Optimistic Explanatory Style
Chapter 30. Hope Theory
Chapter 31. Self-Efficacy: The Power of Believing You Can
Chapter 32. Problem-Solving Appraisal and Psychological Adjustment
Chapter 33. Self-Determination
Chapter 34. Curiosity and Interest: The Benefits of Thriving on Novelty and Challenge
Chapter 35. Courage

Part 6. Interpersonal Approaches
Chapter 36. Compassion
Chapter 37. Attachment
Chapter 38. Empathy
Chapter 39. Forgiveness
Chapter 40. Furthering the Science of Gratitude
Chapter 41. Love
Chapter 42. For Richer . . . in Good Times . . . and in Health: Positive Processes in Relationships
Chapter 43. Intergenerational Solidarity: The role in Family and Society

Part 7. Self-Based Approaches
Chapter 44. What's Positive About Self-Verification?
Chapter 45. Reality Negotiation
Chapter 46. Humility

Part 8. Biological Approaches
Chapter 47. Toward a Biology of Social Support
Chapter 48. The Central Role of the Heart in Generating and Sustaining Positive Emotions
Chapter 49. Toughness
Chapter 50. Impact of Positive Psychology on Health
Chapter 51. Neurogenetics of Resilience
Chapter 52. The Role of Hyperconnectivity in Creative Perception and Cognition
Chapter 53. Neural mechanisms of altruism and empathy

Part 9. Positive Institutions
Chapter 54. Family-Centered Positive Psychology
Chapter 55. Positive Schools
Chapter 56. Positive Psychology on Campus
Chapter 57. Positive Workplaces
Chapter 58. Positive Institutions, Law, and Policy
Chapter 59. Counseling, Psychotherapy and Coaching

Part 10. Specific Coping Approaches
Chapter 60. Meditation and Positive Psychology
Chapter 61. Spirituality: The Search for the Sacred
Chapter 62. Sharing One's Story: On the Benefits of Writing or Talking About Emotional Experience
Chapter 63. Benefit-Finding and Growth
Chapter 64. Making Sense of Loss, Perceiving Benefits, and Posttraumatic Growth
Chapter 65. Happiness, Resilience, and Positive Growth Following Physical Disability: Issues for Understanding, Research, and Therapeutic Intervention

Part 11. Toward Better Lives
Chapter 66. The Promise of Sustainable Happiness
Chapter 67. Meaning in Life
Chapter 68. The Future of Positive Psychology: Pursuing Three Big Goals

About the Author

C.R. Snyder was a Professor of Psychology and the M. Erik Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. His theories pertained to how people react to personal feedback, the human need for uniqueness, the ubiquitous drive to excuse transgressions, and the hope motive. Throughout his career, he received 27 teaching awards at the university, state, and national level, and 31 research
awards, including the 2002 Balfour Jeffrey Award for Research Achievement in Humanities and Social Science and the 2001 Guilford Press Award for Pioneering Scholarly Contributions in
Clinical/Social/Personality Psychology. He passed away in 2006.

Shane J. Lopez was Senior Scientist in Residence at Gallup and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. He published and edited numerous books throughout his career, including Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths, The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures, Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology,
and The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue. He was a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the International Positive Psychology Association. He passed away in 2016.

Lisa M. Edwards is Full Professor in the Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her masters and doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Kansas and completed a research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. A licensed psychologist with expertise in multiculturalism and positive psychology, Edwards currently teaches, conducts research, mentors graduate students and directs the
master's programs in her department. Edwards has written numerous articles, chapters and books about the intersection of positive psychology and culture, and her current research focuses on the perinatal
mental health among Latinx mothers.

Susana C. Marques is a Researcher at the University of Oxford, England. Much of her research focuses on key psycho-social resources and how they can be used to help individuals, groups and organizations flourish. She previously earned her PhD at Porto University, Portugal where she coordinated the subject of Positive Psychology, supervised master, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, and worked as a full member of the Center of Psychology. Marques has written numerous articles, chapters, and
books in positive psychology, especially focused on hope.

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