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Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived

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Psychology has made great strides in understanding mental illness, but how much has it learned about mental health? When people want to reflect upon the good life and how to live it, they turn to philosophers and novelists, not psychologists. The emerging field of positive psychology aims to redress this imbalance. In Flourishing, distinguished scholars apply scientific an ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by American Psychological Association (APA) (first published November 2002)
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Jason Yang
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I picked this book up because I really liked Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt and thought this might enrich my understanding of positive psychology. I guess I was a little naive to not understand that this was actually a textbook where each chapter is a review article by some domain experits.



High level terminology aside, I had a hard time reading this because I come from outside the field. I think the chapters I really appreciated are ones that discussed how profession (work) and our moral
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AnaMaria Rivera
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book, with somewhat indepth exploration and analysis of different topics on Positive Psychology. There is great analysis on happiness research and its correlation to different variables such as money, and other very interesting research on resilience. Much has been taken from resilience to almost "dismiss" the effects of a traumatic childhood, however this book gives a great explanation to the results of such analysis.


"Alternatively, the childhood research has increasingly pointed to possib
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