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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology)

The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology is the seminal reference in the field of positive psychology, which in recent years has transcended academia to capture the imagination of the general public. The handbook provides a roadmap for the psychology needed by the majority of the population — those who don’t need treatment but want to achieve the lives to which they aspire.

These 65 chapters summarize all of the relevant literature in the field. The content’s breadth and depth provide an unparalleled cross-disciplinary look at positive psychology from diverse fields and all branches of psychology, including social, clinical, personality, counseling, school, and developmental psychology.

Topics include not only happiness but also hope, strengths, positive emotions, life longings, creativity, emotional creativity, courage, and more, plus guidelines for applying what has worked for people across time and cultures.

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  1. Nathan Mccune "mccune28" said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Dense yet Worthwhile, February 2, 2010

    Coming from a philosophical background, and this book being only the second text on positive psychology I’ve read after Haidt’s “The Happiness Hypothesis,” I was thoroughly blown away by the scope of this gargantuan collection of essays. Like any anthology it has its perks and dull points. The first section of essays is admirable in trying to sketch out the goals and direction of the young evolving science and proposing applied methods that distinguish it from clinical psychology/counseling psychology. The next two sections are somewhat dry, however the third section picks up concerning practical concerns of the development of individuals over their lifespans, from positive psychology’s forecasted role in child developmental programs to giving an empirical analysis of wisdom and life-longings.

    The sections on “Cognitive Approaches” and “Interpersonal Approaches” were by far the most intriguing. The topics of creativity, mindfulness, time, optimism, hope theory, self-efficacy, problem solving appraisal, curiosity, and courage among others are covered extensively each in their own essays. These sections are especially reminiscent of Aristotelian and Nietzschean virtue theories and take up the task appropriate of positive psychology of giving more scientific analyses of long held cross cultural consensus on virtues and various prosocial behaviors. If positive psychology is to grow as a newly demarcated field of study and not be a mere recapitulation or Aristotelian atavism it must couple this scrutinizing scientific eye with the guiding passion of the ancients. Overall, this text is worth the read and although some essays may not have appealed to me, other essays may advance other readers’ personal research. It is a dense read and not for the timid reader.

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  2. Robert Elliott "A Contemplative Reader" said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid But Overly Academic, November 29, 2010

    This weighty volume offers a lot of technical information written in a very academic style.
    Unfortunately the obvious striving for academic detail and rigor comes at the expense of readability and interest, with the result that it feels like reading a collection of narrow academic journal articles rather than readable overviews.
    The first edition managed to marry both rigor and readability better

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  3. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on November 27, 2011 @ 10:59 am

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    Everything you could ever want to know about positive psychology wrapped into one book. A great variety of articles ranging in topic and skill level.

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