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Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Kennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, and Michael F. Steger


Positive psychology exploded into public consciousness ten years ago and has continued to capture attention around the world ever since. The movement promised to study positive human nature, using only the most rigorous scientific tools and theories. How well has this promise been fulfilled? This book evaluates the first decade of this fledgling field of study from the perspective of nearly every leading researcher in the field. Scholars in the areas of social, personality, clinical, biological, emotional, and applied psychology take stock of their fields, while bearing in mind the original ma ... More

Keywords: human nature, social psychology, personality psychology, clinical psychology, biological psychology, emotional psychology, applied psychology

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195373585
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kennon M. Sheldon, editor
University of Missouri
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Todd B. Kashdan, editor
George Mason University
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Michael F. Steger, editor
Colorado State University
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I Introductory Perspectives

1 Positive Psychology

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura

II Biological Perspectives

3 Positive Psychophysiology

Suzanne C. Segerstrom, Timothy W. Smith, and Tory A. Eisenlohr-Moul

4 Positive Psychological States and Biological Processes

Carissa A. Low, Julienne E. Bower, Judith T. Moskowitz, and Elissa S. Epel

III Emotional Perspectives

7 The Positive Psychology of Positive Emotions

Shigehiro Oishi and Jaime L. Kurtz

8 The Future of Emotions Research within Positive Psychology

Sara B. Algoe, Barbara L. Fredrickson1, and Sy-Miin Chow

IV Social-Cognitive Perspectives

11 A Task-Focused Mind Is a Happy and Productive Mind

Michael D. Robinson and Maya Tamir

12 Finding Positive Value in Human Consciousness

E. J. Masicampo and Roy F. Baumeister

V Introductory Perspectives

14 Character and Personality

Erik E. Noftle, Sarah A. Schnitker, and Richard W. Robins

16 Why Gratitude Enhances Well-Being

Robert A. Emmons and Anjali Mishra

VI Relationship Perspectives

17 The Positive Side of Close Relationships

Shelly L. Gable and Courtney L. Gosnell

18 Positive Relationship Science

Nathaniel M. Lambert, Frank D. Fincham, A. Marlea Gwinn, and Christine A. Ajayi

19 Coaching and Positive Psychology

Anthony M. Grant and Michael J. Cavanagh

VII Clinical Perspectives

20 The Dog Woman, Addie Bundren, and the Ninth Circle of Hell

Jennifer L. Hames and Thomas E. Joiner Jr.

22 Mindfulness and Positive Psychological Functioning

Ruth A. Baer and Emily L. B. Lykins

VIII Organizational Perspectives

23 Positive Psychological Capital in the Workplace

Carolyn M. Youssef and Fred Luthans

24 Organizational Applications of Positive Psychology

P. Alex Linley, Nicky Garcea, Susan Harrington, Emma Trenier, and Gurpal Minhas

IX Societal Perspectives

25 Place and Well-Being

Richard Florida and Peter J. Rentfrow

27 Positive Psychology as a Force for Social Change

Robert Biswas-Diener, P. Alex Linley, Reena Govindji, and Linda Woolston

X Summary Perspectives

29 To Celebrate Positive Psychology and Extend Its Horizons

Gordon Bermant, Charu Talwar, and Paul Rozin

30 Are We There Yet?

Laura A. King

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