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 nPositive 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 nuanced, but nonetheless important: what is good about life is as genuine as what is bad and, therefore, deserves equal attention from psychologists. Positive psychology as an explicit perspective has existed only since 1998, but enough relevant theory and research now exist to fill a textbook suitable for a semester-long college course. A Primer in Positive Psychology is thoroughly grounded in scientific research and covers major topics of concern to the field: positive experiences such as pleasure and flow; positive traits such as character strengths, values, and talents; and the social institutions that enable these subjects as well as what recent research might contribute to this knowledge. Every chapter contains exercises that illustrate positive psychology, a glossary, suggestions of articles and books for further reading, and lists of films, websites, and popular songs that embody chapter themes. A comprehensive overview of positive psychology by one of the acknowledged leaders in the field, this textbook provides students with a thorough introduction to an important area of psychology....more
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.