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Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients

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Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients

Robert Biswas-Diener, Ben Dean

ISBN: 978-0-470-89308-1 June 2010 272 Pages

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Positive psychology moves psychology from a medical model toward a strengths model to help clients shore up their strengths and thereby lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients provides concrete language and interventions for integrating positive psychology techniques into any mental health practice.

Introduction vii

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 The Coaching Paradox and the Positive Psychology Solution 1

Foundation I Happiness and Positivity

Chapter 2 Happiness: The Goal We Rarely Talk About 25

Chapter 3 Choosing Happiness: Goals, Relationships, and Positive Thinking 59

Chapter 4 Solid Happiness Interventions 89

Foundation II Character Strengths

Chapter 5 Strengths Coaching 117

Chapter 6 Coaching to Personal Strengths 143

Chapter 7 Coaching to Social Strengths 165

Special Topics in Positive Psychology Coaching

Chapter 8 Helping Clients Craft the Perfect Job 189

Chapter 9 The Future of Positive Psychology Coaching 209

Appendix: Planning Positive Psychology Coaching Sessions 221

Notes 231

Index 251

"This is definitely a book I would keep" (Human Resources, March 2008)

"…it contains some interesting ideas which challenge standard psychoanalytic theory…" (Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2008)

“…designed to teach how to put [positive psychology]…into practice and empower others to set and meet their personal goals” (Human Givens, Vol. 15, #1)

"…it contains some interesting ideas which challenge standard psychoanalytic theory…" (Journal of Analytical Psychology, 2008)

"This is definitely a book I would keep." (Human Resources, March 2008)

"Reading it was like getting that introduction from two very helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable friends." (People Management, Thursday 12th July 2007)

"…designed to help you learn how to put positive psychology into practice…" (Personnel Today, September 2007)

"This book is packed with erudite and reputable references." (Training & Coaching Today, October 2007)