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Psychological CapitalDeveloping the Human Competitive Edge$
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Fred Luthans, Carolyn M. Youssef, and Bruce J. Avolio

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195187526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187526.001.0001

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Selected Cognitive and Affective Strengths

Selected Cognitive and Affective Strengths

Potential PsyCap?

(p.145) CHAPTER 6 Selected Cognitive and Affective Strengths
Psychological Capital

Fred Luthans (Contributor Webpage)

Carolyn M. Youssef (Contributor Webpage)

Bruce J. Avolio

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the potentially best fitting cognitive and affective positive capacities for being included in the future. Specifically, cognitively-oriented creativity and wisdom, and the affective, emotionally-oriented positive strengths of subjective well-being, flow, and humor are selected. Each of these potential psychological capital (PsyCap) capacities is analyzed in terms of the criteria of valid measurement, development, and performance impact. Except for empirically demonstrating performance impact in the workplace, these are judged to generally meet the PsyCap inclusion criteria. The concluding section notes some needed future research for these cognitive and affective positive capacities to more fully meet the PsyCap criteria.

Keywords:   affective strengths, cognitively-oriented strengths, creativity, flow, humor, subjective well-being, wisdom

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