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Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology

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When we think of psychology, we think of a field dedicated to understanding and curing the dark side of life--addictions, phobias, compulsions, anxieties, and on and on. But there is a field of psychology that looks at the bright side, that considers seriously these questions: What makes life most worth living? And how can we pursue a good life? That field is called, not ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 30th 2012)
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Deborah
Jun 29, 2013 Deborah rated it liked it
Fun epigrams (eg, One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters - George Herbert).

Light reading.
Brad Nowlin
Mar 30, 2013 Brad Nowlin rated it it was amazing
Short essays by the late pioneer in the world of positive psychology. These reflections made me think more about what constitutes the good life.
T.L. Cooper
Feb 26, 2013 T.L. Cooper rated it really liked it
I took my time reading Pursuing the Good Life: 100 Reflections on Positive Psychology by Christopher Peterson because it felt like the best way to read it. I even read some of the reflections more than once. Peterson explores what positive psychology is and what people think positive psychology is. I think of myself as a positive person, so I thought I'd just be reinforcing what I already believe; however, I found some surprises hidden within the short reflections. I really want to try what he ...more
Carla Bayha
Mar 09, 2013 Carla Bayha rated it it was amazing
Chris Peterson, a former U of M professor and winner of its highest teaching award, was/is one of the guiding lights in the relatively new science of Positive Psychology. Although the book stands on its own as motivating, thought-provoking, and fun to read, the occasional Ann Arbor references add special meaning to me. Peterson died unexpectedly in October 2012, several months before this book was published. He wrote in his next to last chapter : "My resolution for the next New Years is not to ...more
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May 17, 2013 Katherine Relf-canas rated it really liked it
I skimmed this book; it was a good read. Since it came from the library I had to get it back to avoid a late fee. The author, who is now deceased, wrote for Psychology Today and it was on a meta level interesting to see how he grew into his role as a commentator on the growing research into positive psychology. The brain is so in! as many a lecturer seems to say as a preface to any talk I've gone to recently. I also liked the cover of this book. Good jacket design.
Long Nguyen
Apr 21, 2013 Long Nguyen rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful series of reading. It's almost as though you can hear Christopher's voice from other side, piercing the veil of time and mortality, and having coffee with you while discussing the good life (albeit slightly more psychological in nature than your casual coffee conversation). Highly recommended for anyone interested in the good life at all, which should be everyone.
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Apr 14, 2016 Playhead rated it liked it
Did I think the book was well written and informative? Yes
Would I read if I went back in time? Yes. Eagerly? No

I learned a lot though. I purchased a couple of books and watched a couple of you tube videos based on his analyses
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Short easy to read essays with some good information.
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Christopher Peterson is visiting assistant professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College.
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