Introduction Chapter 1: Preparing for the Journey A map to guide us Our motto Chapter 2: The Mind Consciousness Embodiment Emotions Cognitions Awareness+ Chapter 3: The Body and the Brain Biochemistry Neurons Neural networks The nervous system The body Chapter 4: Culture and Society Microsystem Mesosystem Exosystem Macrosystem Ecosystem Chapter 5: Childhood and Development Pregnancy and birth Infancy Early childhood Positive education Positive youth development Development throughout adulthood Positive aging Chapter 6: Occupations and Organisations The mind The body Culture Society Chapter 7: Religion and Spirituality The religion-health connection Meditation and Buddhism Yoga and Hinduism Religion, spirituality, and positive psychology Chapter 8: Ethical and Reflective Practice Ethical practice Reflective practice
Dr Tim Lomas is a lecturer and module leader on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London. Tim undertook an MA (Hons) and an MSc in psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and completed his PhD at the University of Westminster in 2012. He has published numerous papers on meditation, Buddhism, and masculinity. His first academic book, entitled 'Masculinity, Meditation and Mental Health,' was published by Palgrave MacMillan in Spring 2014. Dr. Kate Hefferon is a Chartered Research Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Msc in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London. She is the author of several peer-reviewed papers, books and book chapters and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on positive psychology. Her research interests include posttraumatic growth, resilience, physical activity and embodiment. Dr Itai Ivtzan is a chartered psychologist and holds a position as a Full-Time Positive Psychology Senior Lecturer in UEL (University East London) as part of the MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) programme. In addition, he is the Programme Leader for the MAPP distance learning programme. Itai is also an Honorary Senior Research Associate in UCL. He published many peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters and his main areas of research are spirituality, mindfulness, meaning, and self-actualisation.
If you think you know what positive psychology is, think again! This book offers a new integrative vision for making life better that takes in the body and the brain, culture and society, and childhood and development. Written by the team who lead the Applied Positive Psychology programme at the University of East London you can be sure that the scholarship is cutting edge. A must read for students of positive psychology.-- Professor Stephen Joseph, editor of Positive Psychology in Practice
A major strength of the book relates to the diversity with which
the material is presented. It is rare for a textbook to contain
such a multitude of learning tools (e.g. case studies, measurement
tools, media, and quizzes).
In sum, Applied Positive Psychology provides a thoughtful and thorough description of the practical realm of positive psychology. It is an appropriate textbook choice for courses with an applied focus, and a good companion text for courses with a broader focus on positive psychology.