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Part I: Looking at Psychology from a Positive Perspective Chapter 1: Welcome to Positive Psychology Building Human Strength: Psychology's Forgotten Mission Going From the Negative to the Positive Positive Psychology Seeks a Balanced, More Complete View of Human Functioning Where We Are Now and What We Will Ask A Guide to This Book The Big Picture Appendix: Movies for Review Chapter 2: Eastern and Western Perspectives on Positive Psychology: How 'ME + WE = US' Might Bridge the Gap A Matter of Perspective Historical and Philosophical Traditions Western Influences: Athenian, Judeo- Christian, and Islamic Traditions Eastern Influences: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism East Meets West Individualism: The Psychology of ME Collectivism: The Psychology of WE Different Ways to Positive Outcomes Where We Are Going: From ME to WE to US ME/WE Balance: The Positive Psychology of US Chapter 3: Classifications and Measures of Strengths and Positive Outcomes Classifications and Measures of Strengths Positive Outcomes for All Identifying Strengths and Moving Toward a Vital Balance Part II: Positive Psychology in Context Chapter 4: The Role of Culture Developing Strengths and Living Well Culture and Psychology Understanding Culture: A Matter of Perspective Positive Psychology: Culture is Everywhere Putting Positive Psychology in a Cultural Context Final Thoughts on the Complexity of Cultural Influences Chapter 5: Living Well at Every Stage of Life Resilience in Childhood Positive Youth Development The Life Tasks of Adulthood Successful Aging A More Developmental Focus in Positive Psychology Part III: Positive Emotional States and Processes Chapter 6: The Principles of Pleasure: Understanding Positive Affect, Positive Emotions, Happiness and Well-Being Defining Emotional Terms Distinguishing the Positive and the Negative Positive Emotions: Expanding the Repertoire of Pleasure Happiness and Subjective Well-Being: Living a Pleasurable Life Moving Toward the Positive Chapter 7: Making the Most of Emotional Experiences: Emotion-Focused Coping, Emotional Intelligence, Socioemotional Selectivity, and Emotional Storytelling Emotion-Focused Coping: Discovering the Adaptive Potential of Emotional Approach Emotional Intelligence: Learning the Skills That Make a Difference Socioemotional Selectivity: Focusing in Later Life on Positive Emotions and Emotion-Related Goals Emotional Storytelling: The Pennebaker Paradigm as a Means of Processing Intense Negative Emotions Emotions and Context Working With Emotions to Bring About Positive Change An Emotional Balancing Act Part IV: Positive Cognitive States and Processes Chapter 8: Seeing Our Futures Through Self-Efficacy, Optimism, and Hope Putting Temporal Futures in Perspective Self-Efficacy Hope Cultural Caveats About Temporal Perspective Appendix A: A Summary of Hope Theories Appendix B: Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory Items Chapter 9: Wisdom and Courage: Characteristics of the Wise and the Brave Becoming and Being Wise Theories of Courage Becoming and Being Courageous Courage Research Finding Wisdom and Courage in Daily Life Chapter 10: Mindfulness, Flow, and Spirituality: In Search of Optimal Experiences Moment-to-Moment Searches Mindfulness: In Search of Novelty Flow: In Search of Absorption Spirituality: In Search of the Sacred The Search Continues Part V: Prosocial Behavior Chapter 11: Empathy and Egotism: Portals to Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness Altruism Gratitude Forgiveness Personal Benefits of Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness The Societal Implications of Altruism, Gratitude, and Forgiveness "I Have a Dream": Toward a Kinder, Gentler Humankind Appendix A: The Helping Attitude Scale Appendix B: The Gratitude Questionnaire-Six Items From GQ-6 Appendix C: The Heartland Forgiveness Scale (HFS) Appendix D: The Transgression-Related Interpersonal Motivations Scale (TRIM) Chapter 12: Attachment, Love, and Flourishing Relationships Infant Attachment Adult Attachment Security Love Flourishing Relationships: A Series of Purposeful Positive Relationship Behaviors The Neurobiology of Interpersonal Connection More on Flourishing Relationships Future of Love Building a Positive Psychology of Close Relationships Part VI. Understanding and Changing Human Behavior Chapter 13: Balanced Conceptualizations of Mental Health and Behavior Moving Toward Balanced Conceptualizations Our Fascination With Abnormal Behavior Neglect of the Environment and of the Positive The Lack of a Developmental Emphasis Understanding Behavior in a Cultural Context The Limits of the Categorical Diagnostic System Going Beyond the DSM-5 Framework Chapter 14: Preventing the Bad and Promoting the Good In the Words of a Psychotherapy Client... Primary Prevention: "Stop the Bad Before It Happens" Secondary Prevention (Psychotherapy): "Fix the Problem" Primary Enhancement: "Make Life Good" Secondary Enhancement: "Make Life the Best Possible" The Balance of Prevention and Enhancement Systems Appendix A: Effective Secondary Preventions (Psychotherapies) for Adult Problems Appendix B: Hope Therapy Worksheet Part VII: Positive Environments Chapter 15: Positive Schooling and Good Work: The Psychology of Gainful Employment and the Education That Gets Us There Teaching as a Calling Giving Back to Teachers Gainful Employment Gainful Employment: Happiness, Satisfaction, and Beyond Having or Being a Good Boss The Strengths-Based Approach to Work Capital at Work The Dark Side: Workaholics, Burnouts, and Jobs Lost What Can Be Done to Improve Your Work? When Work Becomes a Calling: The Tale of a Hospital Orderly Appendix A: One Example of Positive Schooling: The StrengthsQuest Program Appendix B: Positive Workplaces in Hong Kong: Building Positive Organizations, Engaging the Heart of Employees Part VIII: A Positive Look at the Future of Psychology Chapter 16: The Future of Positive Psychology: A Conversation Between the Authors "Teachers Can't Get Jobs in the Real World!" "No Child Left Behind" and Beyond The Components of Positive Schooling

About the Author

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute. Dr. Lopez has 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 Ancient Virtue (with Cynthia Pury). Dr. Lopez is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the International Positive Psychology Association. A professor of education for a decade, he is now professor of business at the University of Kansas. Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti, Ph.D., is 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 the lead editor on a new edited volume entitled Perspectives on the Intersection of Multiculturalism and Positive Psychology (with Lisa M. Edwards), and recently spoke on the topic of including cultural context in positive psychological discussions as a keynote speaker at the Asian Pacific Conference on Applied Positive Psychology in Hong Kong. Dr. Teramoto Pedrotti has contributed to many different volumes throughout her career such as The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychological Interventions, Activities for Teaching Positive Psychology, and the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling. In addition, her work has appeared in multiple journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, the Journal of Positive Psychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, and Professional School Counseling. As a Diversity and Inclusivity Faculty Mentor on her campus, she works with students daily in culturally competent ways to identify and enhance their strengths. C. R. Snyder, Ph.D. (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 have 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 has appeared many times on national American television shows, and he has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio. His scholarly work on the human need for uniqueness received the rare recognition of being the subject matter of an entire Sunday cartoon sequence by Gary Trudeau. All of these accomplishments were packaged in a graying and self-effacing absent-minded professor who says of himself, "If you don't laugh at yourself, you have missed the biggest joke of all!"

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"The emphasis is not exclusively clinical; it includes applications and implications across a number of environments and draws from a number of perspectives, including neurobiology. This range makes it an excellent choice for anchoring major concepts so students can explore the application of positive psychology to their specific areas of interest." -- Dr. Pamela Rutledge, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

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