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The Good LifeUnifying the Philosophy and Psychology of Well-Being$
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Michael Bishop

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199923113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199923113.001.0001

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Positive Causal Networks and Positive Psychology

Positive Causal Networks and Positive Psychology

(p.59) Chapter 4 Positive Causal Networks and Positive Psychology
The Good Life

Michael A Bishop

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Positive Psychology is the study of the structure and dynamics of positive causal networks (PCNs). There are six lines of evidence for this hypothesis. First, many psychologists have identified PCNs (though not under that description). Second, the many definitions psychologists have offered of Positive Psychology can be plausibly interpreted as expressing the basic idea that it is the study of PCNs. Third, the study of group well-being can be understood as the study of interpersonal PCNs. Fourth, because PCNs are complex and multiply realizable states, the hypothesis organizes and makes sense of the various methods and approaches different researchers adopt to the study of well-being. Fifth, Positive Psychology studies the structure of PCNs—correlations and causal connections between positive feelings, moods, emotions, attitudes, traits, and objective factors (e.g., income, longevity, health). Sixth, Positive Psychology studies the dynamics of PCNs—states that establish, maintain, strengthen, and extinguish PCNs.

Keywords:   Positive Psychology, positive causal networks, well-being, group well-being

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