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The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (Oxford Library of Psychology) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199862160
ISBN-10: 0199862168
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Review(s) from previous edition(s) This is an excellent book on a unique approach to psychology. The international authorship helps readers see positive psychology from many different vantage points. Doody's Notes

About the Author


Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Research in Education, University of Kansas.

C.R. Snyder, Ph.D., was Wright Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Kansas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Library of Psychology
  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199862168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199862160
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 1.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coming from a philosophical background, and this book being only the second text on positive psychology I've read after Haidt's "The Happiness Hypothesis," I was thoroughly blown away by the scope of this gargantuan collection of essays. Like any anthology it has its perks and dull points. The first section of essays is admirable in trying to sketch out the goals and direction of the young evolving science and proposing applied methods that distinguish it from clinical psychology/counseling psychology. The next two sections are somewhat dry, however the third section picks up concerning practical concerns of the development of individuals over their lifespans, from positive psychology's forecasted role in child developmental programs to giving an empirical analysis of wisdom and life-longings.

The sections on "Cognitive Approaches" and "Interpersonal Approaches" were by far the most intriguing. The topics of creativity, mindfulness, time, optimism, hope theory, self-efficacy, problem solving appraisal, curiosity, and courage among others are covered extensively each in their own essays. These sections are especially reminiscent of Aristotelian and Nietzschean virtue theories and take up the task appropriate of positive psychology of giving more scientific analyses of long held cross cultural consensus on virtues and various prosocial behaviors. If positive psychology is to grow as a newly demarcated field of study and not be a mere recapitulation or Aristotelian atavism it must couple this scrutinizing scientific eye with the guiding passion of the ancients. Overall, this text is worth the read and although some essays may not have appealed to me, other essays may advance other readers' personal research. It is a dense read and not for the timid reader.
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This weighty volume offers a lot of technical information written in a very academic style.
Unfortunately the obvious striving for academic detail and rigor comes at the expense of readability and interest, with the result that it feels like reading a collection of narrow academic journal articles rather than readable overviews.
The first edition managed to marry both rigor and readability better
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I have found these entries to be most handy. They are a good length (ranging from 2 pages or so to a bit longer) and have helpful bibliographies at the end. The entries I have read thus far have all been well written and informative. Occasionally these Handbooks can appear to be nice things to have that are never really used, but I have already gotten enough use out of this to consider it a worthwhile purchase.
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The book arrived in the time frame and condition that was promised. I will be adopting it as a text book for a course I am teaching in the spring.
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Excellent for my doctoral research projects. First book I've found that gives such a clear understanding of positive psychology from different points of view.
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Awesome book ! I totally recommend it.
You will learn a lot of good things about psychology.
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