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A Primer in Positive Psychology

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Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and at all stops in between. It is a newly-christened approach within psychology that takes seriously the examination of that which makes life most worth living. Everyone's life has peaks and valleys, and positive psychology does not deny the valleys. Its signature premise is more n ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 28th 2006)
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Jul 16, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
An excellent introduction to positive psychology, accessible to laypeople as well as being an undergrad text. The focus is on practical application of research, with plenty of exercises for trying out positive psychology principles in your own everyday life.
This is still an academically rigorous book, though, from one of the leading researchers in positive psychology.
Apr 03, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book does not read like a text book. The author can talk about statistical studies and other intellectual stuff and in the next beat is cracking seriously funny jokes. Reading it doesn't feel like homework so anyone interested in learning about this sub field of psychology, this book is for you.
Apr 23, 2013 Catherine rated it it was ok
Good, but still a text book
Apr 23, 2014 Verito rated it really liked it
Good book, interesting approaching to the Positive Psychology. A lot of useful information in order to understand the basics of this part of the psychology and why it was born.

Elizabeth Anne
This text provides a thorough overview of this branch of psychology and its teachings, from one of the founding members. This book highlights the salient points and studies, and presents the information in an organized, easily digestible but in-depth, format.
Aryel Reed
Nov 28, 2012 Aryel Reed rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal book, a must-read piece with invaluable information on how one can have a more fulfilling life. This book is partially responsible for my drive to become certified in the positive psychology field! I love it!
Carla Bayha
May 08, 2013 Carla Bayha rated it really liked it
Continuing my survey of positive psychology, I wanted an overview of the field so far. It's hard to imagine that there could be a better one.I hope that one of Peterson's colleagues updates it in next few years.
Sorcha O'Dowd
A brilliant book for any students studying Positive Psychology. It is easy to read and not at all like some stuffy textbooks around. This is fresh, relatable to young people and didn't at all feel like a chore to read.
Marie-josée Shaar
Sep 24, 2011 Marie-josée Shaar rated it it was amazing
Very well-written and thorough, this books is a pleasure to read. It gives a nice overview of how the basic principles in positive psychology came about, and how to use them in our own lives.
Dec 17, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
A wonderful professor, may he rest in peace.
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