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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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Possible Social and Higher-Order Strengths

Possible Social and Higher-Order Strengths

Future PsyCap?

(p.175) CHAPTER 7 Possible Social and Higher-Order Strengths
Psychological Capital

Fred Luthans (Contributor Webpage)

Carolyn M. Youssef (Contributor Webpage)

Bruce J. Avolio

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This chapter selects the potentially best fitting social and higher-order strengths to be included in future psychological capital (PsyCap). In particular, the socially-oriented strengths of gratitude, forgiveness, emotional intelligence, and spirituality, and the higher-order strengths of authenticity and courage are analyzed in terms of the PsyCap criteria. As in the case of the cognitive and affective strengths identified in Chapter 6, these six social and higher-order strengths generally fit the PsyCap criteria except for empirically demonstrating the impact on performance in the workplace. The final section suggests directions for future research and practice.

Keywords:   authenticity, courage, emotional intelligence, forgiveness, gratitude, higher-order strengths, socially-oriented strengths, spirituality

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