9780195167016

Character Strengths and Virtues A Handbook and Classification

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    9780195167016

  • ISBN10:

    0195167015

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-04-08
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This text is a co-publication of the American Psychological Association.This groundbreaking handbook of human strengths and virtues is the firstprogress report from a prestigious group of researchers in the Values in ActionClassification Project, which has undertaken a systematic classification andmeasurement of universal strengths and virtues. This landmark work makespossible for the first time a science of human strengths that goes beyondarmchair philosophy and political science. The handbook begins with thebackground of the VIA classification scheme and defines terms before describingin thorough detail the current state of knowledge with respect to each of the 24character strengths in the classification. Addressing issues of assessment andmeasurement, practical applications, and directions for future research, thiswork will demand the attention of any psychologist who is interested in positivepsychology and its relevance to clinical, personality, and socialpsychology.

Table of Contents

Contributors xiii
SECTION I: BACKGROUND
Introduction to a ``Manual of the Sanities''
3(30)
Universal Virtues?---Lessons From History
33(20)
Previous Classifications of Character Strengths
53(56)
SECTION II: STRENGTHS OF CHARACTER
Strengths of WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE
Introduction
93(16)
Creativity [Originality, Ingenuity]
109(16)
Curiosity [Interest, Novelty-Seeking, Openness to Experience]
125(18)
Open-Mindedness [Judgment, Critical Thinking]
143(18)
Love of Learning
161(20)
Perspective [Wisdom]
181(32)
Strengths of COURAGE
Introduction
197(16)
Bravery [Valor]
213(16)
Persistence [Perseverance, Industriousness]
229(20)
Integrity [Authenticity, Honesty]
249(24)
Vitality [Zest, Enthusiasm, Vigor, Energy]
273(30)
Strengths of HUMANITY
Introduction
291(12)
Love
303(22)
Kindness [Generosity, Nurturance, Care, Compassion, Altruistic Love, ``Niceness'']
325(12)
Social Intelligence [Emotional Intelligence, Personal Intelligence]
337(32)
Strengths of JUSTICE
Introduction
355(14)
Citizenship [Social Responsibility, Loyalty, Teamwork]
369(22)
Fairness
391(22)
Leadership
413(32)
Strengths of TEMPERANCE
Introduction
429(16)
Forgiveness and Mercy
445(16)
Humility and Modesty
461(16)
Prudence
477(22)
Self-Regulation [Self-Control]
499(38)
Strengths of TRANSCENDENCE
Introduction
517(20)
Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence [Awe, Wonder, Elevation]
537(16)
Gratitude
553(16)
Hope [Optimism, Future-Mindedness, Future Orientation]
569(14)
Humor [Playfulness]
583(16)
Spirituality [Religiousness, Faith, Purpose]
599(26)
SECTION III: CONCLUSIONS
Assessment and Applications
625(20)
References 645(118)
Index of Names 763(26)
Subject Index 789

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