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Positive Psychology in Practice: Promoting Human Flourishing in Work, Health, Education, and Everyday Life, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-75693-5
896 pages
March 2015
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The best minds in positive psychology survey the state of the field

Positive Psychology in Practice, Second Edition moves beyond the theoretical to show how positive psychology is being used in real-world settings, and the new directions emerging in the field. An international team of contributors representing the best and brightest in the discipline review the latest research, discuss how the findings are being used in practice, explore new ideas for application, and discuss focus points for future research. This updated edition contains new chapters that explore the intersection between positive psychology and humanistic psychology, salugenesis, hedonism, and eudaimonism, and more, with deep discussion of how the field is integrating with the new areas of self-help, life coaching, social work, rehabilitation psychology, and recovery-oriented service systems.

This book explores the challenges and opportunities in the field, providing readers with the latest research and consensus on practical application.

  • Get up to date on the latest research and practice findings
  • Integrate positive psychology into assessments, life coaching, and other therapies
  • Learn how positive psychology is being used in schools
  • Explore possible directions for new research to push the field forward
Positive psychology is being used in areas as diverse as clinical, counseling, forensic, health, educational, and industrial/organizational settings, in a wide variety of interventions and applications. Psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to promote human flourishing and well-being will find the second edition of Positive Psychology in Practice to be an informative, comprehensive guide.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Applied Positive Psychology 10 Years On 1
Stephen Joseph

PART I HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS

2 Historical, Philosophical, and Epistemological Perspectives 9
Hilde Eileen Nafstad

3 Building Bridges Between Humanistic and Positive Psychology 31
Brent Dean Robbins

4 Existential Dimensions of Positive Psychology 47
Roger Bretherton

5 The Salutogenic Paradigm 61
Shifra Sagy, Monica Eriksson, and Orna Braun-Lewensohn

PART II VALUES AND CHOICES IN PURSUIT OF THE GOOD LIFE

6 The Science of Values in the Culture of Consumption 83
Tim Kasser

7 Values and Well-Being 103
Lilach Sagiv, Sonia Roccas, and Shani Oppenheim-Weller

8 The Paradox of Choice 121
Barry Schwartz

9 A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on Fostering Healthy Self-Regulation From Within and Without 139
Kirk Warren Brown and Richard M. Ryan

10 The Complementary Roles of Eudaimonia and Hedonia and How They Can Be Pursued in Practice 159
Veronika Huta

PART III PRACTICES FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

11 The Prospects, Practices, and Prescriptions for the Pursuit of Happiness 185
Kristin Layous, Kennon M. Sheldon, and Sonja Lyubomirsky

12 Putting Positive Psychology Into Motion Through Physical Activity 207
Guy Faulkner, Kate Hefferon, and Nanette Mutrie

13 Balancing Time Perspective in Pursuit of Optimal Functioning 223
Ilona Boniwell and Philip G. Zimbardo

14 Putting Positive Psychology Into Practice via Self-Help 237
Acacia C. Parks

15 Positive Psychology and Life Coaching 249
Margarita Tarragona

PART IV METHODS AND PROCESSES OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

16 Different Approaches to Teaching Positive Psychology 267
Amy C. Fineburg and Andrew Monk

17 Positively Transforming Classroom Practice Through Dialogic Teaching 279
Alina Reznitskaya and Ian A. G. Wilkinson

18 Teaching Well-Being and Resilience in Primary and Secondary School 297
Chieko Kibe and Ilona Boniwell

19 Cultivating Adolescents’ Motivation 313
Reed W. Larson and Nickki Pearce Dawes

PART V POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AT WORK

20 Bringing Positive Psychology to Organizational Psychology 329
Sarah Lewis

21 Improving Follower Well-Being With Transformational Leadership 341
Heather M. Clarke, Kara A. Arnold, and Catherine E. Connelly

22 Applications of Positive Approaches in Organizations 357
Jane Henry

23 Leadership Coaching and Positive Psychology 377
Carol Kauffman, Stephen Joseph, and Anne Scoular

PART VI HEALTH, CLINICAL, COUNSELING, AND REHABILITATION

24 Complementary Strengths of Health Psychology and Positive Psychology 393
John M. Salsman and Judith T. Moskowitz

25 Deconstructing the Illness Ideology and Constructing an Ideology of Human Strengths and Potential in Clinical Psychology 411
James E. Maddux and Shane J. Lopez

26 The Relationship Between Counseling Psychology and Positive Psychology 429
Andreas Vossler, Edith Steffen, and Stephen Joseph

27 Positive Psychology in Rehabilitation Psychology Research and Practice 443
Claudio Peter, Szilvia Geyh, Dawn M. Ehde, Rachel Müller, and Mark P. Jensen

PART VII CONTEXTS OF CLINICAL PRACTICE

28 Clinical Applications of Well-Being Therapy 463
Chiara Ruini and Giovanni A. Fava

29 Strategies for Accentuating Hope 483
Jeana L. Magyar-Moe and Shane J. Lopez

30 Clinical Applications of Posttraumatic Growth 503
Richard G. Tedeschi, Lawrence G. Calhoun, and Jessica M. Groleau

31 Strength-Based Assessment 519
Tayyab Rashid

PART VIII INNER RESOURCES AND POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN

32 The Ability Model of Emotional Intelligence 545
David R. Caruso, Peter Salovey, Marc Brackett, and John D. Mayer

33 The Power and Practice of Gratitude 559
Giacomo Bono, Mikki Krakauer, and Jeffrey J. Froh

34 Wisdom-Related Knowledge Across the Life Span 577
Ute Kunzmann and Stefanie Thomas

35 Positive Aging 595
George E. Vaillant

PART IX BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH INTEGRATION AND REGENERATION

36 Psychological and Relational Resources in the Experience of Disability and Caregiving 615
Antonella Delle Fave, Andrea Fianco, and Raffaela D. G. Sartori

37 Good Lives and the Rehabilitation of Sex Offenders 635
Clare-Ann Fortune, Tony Ward, and Ruth Mann

38 Facilitating Forgiveness Using Group and Community Interventions 659
Frank D. Fincham

39 The Interface Between Positive Psychology and Social Work in Theory and Practice 681
Rachel Dekel and Orit Taubman–Ben-Ari

40 Building Recovery-Oriented Service Systems Through Positive Psychology 695
Sandra G. Resnick and Meaghan A. Leddy

PART X PUBLIC POLICY AND SYSTEMS FOR RESILIENCE AND SOCIAL PLANNING

41 Balancing Individuality and Community in Public Policy 713
David G. Myers

42 Happiness as a Priority in Public Policy 731
Ruut Veenhoven

43 Positive Social Planning 751
Neil Thin

44 Resilience Theory and the Practice of Positive Psychology From Individuals to Societies 773
Tuppett M. Yates, Fanita A. Tyrell, and Ann S. Masten

PART XI SIGNPOSTS FOR THE PRACTICE OF POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

45 The Role of Embodiment in Optimal Functioning 791
Kate Hefferon

46 The Uneasy—and Necessary—Role of the Negative in Positive Psychology 807
Brian G. Pauwels

47 The Future of Positive Psychology in Practice 823
Stephen Joseph

About the Editor 829

Contributors 831

Author Index 835

Subject Index 859

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Author Information

STEPHEN JOSEPH, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he teaches and researches counseling and psychotherapy, positive psychology, and psychological trauma. Joseph specialized in health and counseling psychology, teaching at the University of Warwick before moving to Nottingham in 2006. He is registered as both a psychotherapist and as a coaching psychologist.

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Reviews

“This is an excellent book that provides an up-to-date, accessible, and comprehensive overview of the best positive psychology Interventions that are currently available. It reflects a deep understanding of positive psychology, as it not only gives an accurate account of the field's growing complexities but also addresses the movement’s roots within the history of psychology.”--Carmelo Vazquez, Complutense University and President of the International Positive Psychology Association 

“When the first edition of Positive Psychology in Practice arrived in 2004 it was an early and authoritative reference for an emerging science and its application. Now, a decade later, we are graced with a second edition. Here, you will find updated chapters and all new content. This book provides a deep dive into current trends in research and practice for anyone interested in positive psychology.--Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, Author of The Upside of Your Dark Side and The Courage Quotient and Professor at Portland State University 

“One of psychology’s best books just got better. Experts, evidence, applications. Exactly what you need to make positive psychology work in practice, and work well. A definite resource addition to my own library and practice.”--George Burns, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute in Australia and Author of 101 Healing Stories and Happiness, Healing, Enhancement 

"This book is a critical companion for anyone who works for the betterment of others; be they an educator, consultant, coach, a health professional of some kind, or an applied researcher. Stephen Joseph set out to assemble a volume of wide ranging appeal and he has delivered precisely that. It expands wonderfully on the first edition, capturing much of what has transpired in the field over the past decade. Pleasingly, it has also turned toward questions that have not always been dealt with well by other authors, most notably the place that negative experiences have within a life well lived. I feel happy for my first edition copy--it will finally get a well-deserved rest!"--Dr. Gordon Spence, Program Director, Master of Business Coaching, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongon, Australia

“For each of the last ten years, I have assigned Positive Psychology in Practice as required reading for my course on positive interventions in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. I am delighted to see this second edition, which expands the content in exciting new directions and brings the chapters up to date. My students and I are grateful to Stephen Joseph and the many chapter authors for this valuable contribution to the field.”—James O. Pawelski, Director of Education and Senior Scholar, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

“Positive Psychology in Practice, 2e is a milestone in the annals of texts detailing the intricacies of positive psychological inquiry. Its stress on the social implicationsof positive psychology, for example, makes it not only relevant to public policy but also to the kind of society, and indeed world, we wish to foster. Furthermore, its coverage of humanistic and existential perspectives on positive psychological practice will be greatly welcomed in those areas of our profession that have been skeptical of conventional positive psychological emphases on the ‘good life’ with relatively less emphasis on the ‘full’ or ‘vital’ life. These existential and humanistic dimensions add notably to our deepening knowledge of such areas as resilience, post-traumatic growth, and qualitative/subjective experiences of what it means to flourish. In short, I highly recommend Positive Psychology in Practice, 2e as a rigorous and humanizing exploration of the vital life.”—Kirk Schneider, PhD, adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University, and author of Existential-Humanistic Therapy, The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology, and The Polarized Mind

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