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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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Feb 05, 2011 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.
Jan 19, 2012 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.
Aryel Reed
Nov 28, 2012 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!
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Good, but still a text book
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
It's a shame Peterson passed away in 2014. This is a really good first edition of a text on positive psychology, and it would have benefited from updating and revision in 2016. The first half of the book is really solid, and the second half, though more sketched out, sets the stage for more research. I hope someone takes up the mantle and produces the next draft of this essential text.
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
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This was required reading in a class I took. There was another required book for the course. Of the two, this is definitely the book with the "textbook" feel. For those inclined toward an interest in psychology, there is definitely good information in the book. Having said that, I didn't much enjoy reading this book and am glad that I only rented it.
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.
Carla Bayha
May 08, 2013 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.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful professor, may he rest in peace.
Marie-josée Shaar
Sep 24, 2011 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.
Apr 23, 2014 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.

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Christopher Peterson is visiting assistant professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College.
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