Pursuing Human Strengths A Positive Psychology Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-10-13
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers

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Pursuing Human Strengths gives instructors and students the information and strategies they need to understand the field of positive psychology and to put what researchers in the field have learn to effective use in their own lives. The new edition welcomes coauthor Dana Dunn, who shares Martin Bolt's passion for exploring and teaching positive psychology. Their engagingly written update includes over 175 new references, reflecting the continuing expansion of the scientific literature in positive psychology, as well as updated exercises and activities throughout.

Pursuing Human Strengths can serve as a core text for courses in positive psychology and well being and can also serve as a great accompaniment to virtually any psychology course (most notably, human adjustment and growth, introductory psychology, and abnormal psychology.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction
The Why of Human Behavior • Human Freedom • Human Limits • Initiative and Human Values • Overview of Positive Psychology

2. Love
Attachment • Exploring Love • Building Close Relationships

3. Empathy
Seeing and Feeling from Another’s Perspective • Dangers of Snap Judgments • Forgiveness • Cultivating Empathy

4. Self-control
Power of Immediate Rewards • Controlling Our Internal States • Fostering Self-Control

5. Wisdom
Emotional Intelligence • Successful Intelligence • Understanding Wisdom • Learning Wisdom

6. Commitment
Strivings • Commitment in Our Strivings • Fostering Commitment

7. Happiness
Assessing Happiness • Satisfying Life Experiences • Pursuing Happiness

8. Self-respect and Humility
Self-Concept • Self-Esteem • Humility • Practicing Self-Forgetfulness

9. Hope
Optimism • Exploring Hope • Fostering Hope

10. Friendship and Social Support
Functions of Friendship • Features of Friendship • Forming Friendships

11. Epilogue: Meaning and Flourishing 
Life is Pretty Meaningful • Flourishing in the Future

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