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The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology

Shane J. Lopez (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6125-1
1160 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Positive psychology, the pursuit of understanding optimal human functioning, is reshaping the scholarly and public views of how we see the science of psychology. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology provides a comprehensive and accessible summary of this growing area of scholarship and practice.
  • 288 specially commissioned entries written by 150 leading international researchers, educators, and practitioners in positive psychology
  • covers topics of interest across all social sciences as well as business and industry
  • the most current, extensive, and accessible treatment of the subject available
  • topical primer clarifies basic constructs and processes associated with positive psychology
  • will be useful to students, teachers, practitioners, businesspeople, and policy makers
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300 entries of four different sizes (4500, 1500, 600, 400 words). Some entries include:

Adaptability

Altruism

Awe

Capitalization

Character

Close Relationships

Coping

Courage

Creativity

Education

Emotional Intelligence

Empathy

Engagement

Flow

Forgiveness

Friendship

Gratitude

Happiness

Hope

Humility

Humor

Insight

Intimacy

Joy

Justice

Kindness

Leadership

Learned Optimism

Life Satisfaction

Meaning

Mental Health

Moral Judgment

Open-mindedness

Optimism

Positive Emotions

Positive Youth Development

Problem-Solving

Psychological Capital

Resilience

Self-Determination

Self-Efficacy

Self-Esteem

Spirituality

Strength

Successful Aging

Talent

Values

Virtues

Wisdom

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Shane J. Lopez is the Research Director of the Clifton Strengths Institute, as well as a Gallup senior scientist. He is co-editor with C. Rick Snyder on the Handbook of Positive Psychology (2002) and Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (2003 and also co-author with C.Rick Snyder on the textbook Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths (2002).
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  • 288 specially commissioned entries written by 150 leading international researchers, educators, and practitioners in positive psychology
  • covers topics of interest across all social sciences as well as business and industry
  • the most current, extensive, and accessible treatment of the subject available
  • topical primer clarifies basic constructs and processes associated with positive psychology
  • will be useful to students, teachers, practitioners, businesspeople, and policy makers
See More
"University libraries catering for academic work in psychology, even if its proponents do not specifically call themselves positive psychologists, can be recommended to put this book on their wish lists." (Reference Reviews, July 2009)

"The work is extremely well indexed, which for browsers has the effect of deepening its content substantially." (Choice Reviews, June 2009)

"The strength of the work is that it speaks to everyone clearly, concisely, and in plain English." (Library Journal, April 2009)

"This Encyclopedia embodies what is known in this new discipline today. It is a 'must have' reference for anyone interested in the field of positive psychology."
Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

"The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology is the definitive source for understanding this exciting new field in its entirety. The entries contained within cover the broad sweep of notable figures, important concepts, and curious ideas related to positive psychology. The list of contributors, too, is a vertiable roll-call of insiders and experts."
Robert Biswas-Diener, Centre for Applied Positive Psychology

"A truly comprehensive overview of the dynamic field of positive psychology, written by a veritable 'Who's who' of the field. This will be an indispensable source for students of positive psychology, and a must-have for every university library."
Nicholas O. Haslam, University of Melbourne

"This wonderful encyclopedia---nearly 300 entries assembled from more than 300 contributors---is an unprecedented and valuable resource for today's (and tomorrow's) students and scholars of positive psychology."
David G. Myers, Hope College, author of The Pursuit of Happiness

"This is a welcome and timely compilation of the key concepts and personalities which form the new discipline of positive psychology. The entries are wide-ranging, authoritative and accessible. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology is an invaluable resource for newcomers to the field and experts alike – informative, enjoyable and engaging."
Felicia Huppert, University of Cambridge

"This encylopedia is a strikingly comprehensive yet concise account of the breadth of positive psychology. It is skillfully compiled and an essential resource for those with an interest in positive psychology...the pages will not stay crisp for long!"
Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Monash University

"I wanted to read this one from cover to cover - not what I usually do with encyclopedias! History, personalities, organizations, concepts, theories and controversies can all be found in this most comprehensive volume in the field to date. A must-have reference book for any positive psychology scholar, practitioner or student."
Ilona Boniwell, University of East London

"This is a brilliant book that provides a rich picture of the field of positive psychology. The information in each entry provides a thoughtful and synthetic panorama of this emerging field. This is a book that should be on the shelves of any scholar or general reader interested in the area of well-being and Positive Psychology."
Carmelo Vázquez, Universidad Complutense

"We live now longer and more secure than earlier generations did. That allows us more opportunities to optimize our lives. Positive Psychology helps to make the most of these chances. The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology provides a comprehensive and accessible summary of this growing area of scholarship and practice."
Ruut Veenhoven, Erasmus University Rotterdam

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