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Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward (Series in Positive Psychology) Hardcover – January 31, 2011

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Product Details

  • Series: Series in Positive Psychology
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195373588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195373585
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As positive psychology enters its second decade as a formally-christened perspective, it is important to take stock and also to plan ahead. The present volume accordingly deserves a place on the bookshelf (and desk) of everyone concerned with the scientific study of what makes life worth living."
- Christopher Peterson, Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan


"I couldn't put this book down! The chapters demonstrate a rare uniformity of excellence - replete with rigorous review and critique of theory, empirical research, thoughtful commentary, and provocative suggestions. After a decade of being described as an 'emerging' field,' positive psychology is maturing and coming into its own. This important volume offers an unparalleled glimpse into state-of-the-art research, theory, and applications in positive psychology - from past, present, and future. This fantastic book should be required reading for anyone - researchers and laypeople alike - interested in flourishing individuals, institutions, and societies."
- Sonja Lyubomirsky, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside


"One of the most important books to appear in positive psychology, Designing Positive Psychology offers thoughtful presentations of what we have learned so far, the limits of our knowledge, and where we need to go next in the field. Anyone who wants to be a master of the science of positive psychology must read this authoritative, up-to-date, and thorough volume." --Ed Diener, Joseph R. Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Editor, Perspectives on Psychological Science


Consistent with Kashdan and Steger's introductory aims for the book (Chapter 2), I believe
this book does present a useful overview of "what we know and . . . where positive
psychology needs to go in the future in order to best realize its huge potential" (p. 19). The
book also succeeds in enhancing the "conceptual complexity" of positive psychology and its
"underlying connectivity to the broader research base of psychology" (p. 19). -- Michael Hogan, PsycCRITIQUES


About the Author


Kennon M. Sheldon is Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri. He hopscotched the country, from Virginia to Seattle to California to Rochester NY, and is now ensconced in the middle, in Missouri. He has been involved in the positive psychology movement since its inception in Akumal, Mexico, in 1999, and is an author of the positive psychology manifesto, which helped guide the contributors to this book. He has three children. His wife is an evolutionary psychologist who keeps him on his toes.

Todd Kashdan is Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Social Anxiety, Character Strengths, and Related Phenomena at George Mason University. Kashdan is devoted to conducting cutting edge science, educating the public about science, maintaining some semblance of a once athletic body, and sharing and expanding his world with the three women in his life, Sarah, Chloe, and Raven. To date, he has published over 100 articles and book chapters and made over 100 presentations at scientific conferences. His most recent book is Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life.

Michael Steger is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. He is fascinated with what makes life worth living, and learning how people overcome the factors that can make life miserable at times. He practices savoring every chance he gets to wander into the Colorado mountains, and reminds himself what really matters by spending a good quantity of good quality time with his family. Most of his research has focused on living a meaningful life, and he tries to enact what this research shows in his own life. Steger's next co-edited book seeks to apply what we know about meaning to people's work lives (Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace).

More About the Author

I'm a twin with twin 7-year old daughters, with plans to rapidly populate the world with great conversationalists. As a clinical psychologist, scientist, public speaker, and consultant, I help people function optimally in life and business. My quest is to share cutting edge science so that others can have more frequent moments of pleasure, engagement, meaning, love, and play.

I have been involved in positive psychology since its humble beginnings. As a Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University, my work has focused on social relationships, anxiety, positive emotions, purpose in life, how personal strengths operate in everyday life, and how to foster and sustain happiness and meaning in life. For over 10 years, I have been teaching college courses on the science of well-being.

Discover more about me, my work, and speaking engagements at www.toddkashdan.com

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy McCarthy on June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The testimonial from renowned positive psychologist Ed Diener on the back of the book captures it best: "Anyone who wants to be a master of the science of positive psychology must read this authoritative, up-to-date, and thorough volume." This compilation of thinking about the field of positive psychology from leading researchers is by no means an introductory text to the science. Within the densely packed pages are overviews of the latest research, the most promising theories, and the biggest challenges for the science moving forward.

There are three reasons this book is so essential to a thorough academic study of positive psychology:
1. It is up to date--including but stretching far beyond the staples of positive psychology (such as strengths, optimism, hope, gratitude, and meaning.)
2. It is comprehensive--the book includes perspectives across a wide variety of domains in which positive psychology is studied and applied. Chapters cover the latest thinking from issues around biological, emotional, social-cognitive, personality, relationship, clinical, organizational and societal perspectives, each from the leading researchers in their respective areas.
3. It is balanced. There is no cheerleading here about how great positive psychology is. Each chapter literally "takes stock" of a certain sub-topic of research and assesses its strengths and weaknesses, its promises and its challenges, and then proposes how the science can move forward from here.

True to its title, this book is as much about where positive psychology needs to go as it is about where it stands today. This can be superfluous if you are focused (as I am) on application, and are more interested in understanding what works than on poking holes in the science as it stands.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jazi Zilber on October 22, 2011
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I was surprised to find how the authors have collected the most central scholars in any field in psychology that can be related to positive psychology,

Diverse scholars gave their views as objectively and critically as possible.

Unlike any other positive psychology volume, here it was the scholars that are not enrolled to positive psychology that were purposefully invited to give as objective and scholarly a view as possible.

Roy Baumeister, jaak Panskepp, McCare (of genetic effects on personality) etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mteferi on June 25, 2011
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This textbook by Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. et al. is an amazing analysis and summation of various psychological principles and findings in the vastness that is Positive Psychology and beyond. As a psychology major in college, I have gained a great deal of knowledge and wisdom through engaging in this most meaningful text. Anyone who is interested in understanding humanity, the human condition, and the science that goes into such an endeavour towards both what is ideal, necessary, fundamentally educational and useful for humanity at large, please feel free to explore this text and you will enjoy/appreciate its meaningfulness. Wish you all the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rabe' on June 29, 2013
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I get to know about this book through a workshop so I decided to get it. I am now in love with it. It is a simple start to be yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Daly, Author on January 23, 2013
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Students, new to positive psychology, or pragmatists interested in learning more about the field, this is THE book. The authors have done an excellent job of covering a broad based topic in a neatly packaged soup to nuts approach. I'm currently using this book as THE textbook in an undergrad. class at a state university. These authors KNOW the business of what makes an important book.
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