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Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the Science of Happiness to Work for Your Clients Hardcover – April 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470042465 ISBN-10: 047004246X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047004246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470042465
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

From the Back Cover

Finding the best in people and inspiring them to focus on their strengths and live out their potential is one of the fundamental principles behind positive psychology. Written by respected researcher Robert Biswas—Diener and renowned coach Ben Dean-both established experts in positive psychology—Positive Psychology Coaching is an accessible new guide designed to help you learn how to put positive psychology into practice to motivate, manage, and empower others to set and meet their personal goals, and to live happier, more meaningful lives.

This empirically based book draws on the science and relevant psychological research behind positive psychology and teaches you how to assess, develop, and utilize clients' individual character strengths. Part One presents a foundation of positive psychology coaching: the definition, cultivation, maintenance, and benefits of happiness. Part two covers an additional pillar of positive psychology-the development and use of character strengths and virtues. Finally, Part Three applies positive psychology to the workplace, and discusses ways to use positive psychology to build your practice.

With the authors invaluable firsthand experiences informing the practical advice and wisdom within its pages, Positive Psychology Coaching is a visionary work that guides both he new and seasoned professional in helping clients lead happier, goal-oriented, and ultimately more fulfilling lives.


More About the Author

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology because his research on happiness has taken him to such far flung places as Greenland, India and Kenya. He is the managing director of Positive Acorn. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Happiness Studies and Journal of Positive Psychology a part-time instructor at Portland State University and. Robert is a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) and has worked with clients on four continents. Robert is author of The Courage Quotient (2012), Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (2010), Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (2008). He is also co-founder of the charitable mission The Strengths Project.

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I recommend this book for all coaches!
Andrea Sigetich
This is a terrific tool for anyone who wants clear, practical ways to create more happiness in their own life and is coaching others to do the same.
Sergio Baroni
This is the clearest and most useful review of and guide to positive psychology assessment and intervention that I am aware of.
Michael B. Frisch

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93 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Stever Robbins on August 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was a rare book. I wanted to like this book. Really I did. But it was possibly the most disappointing book I've ever read. A better title would have been, "Authentic Happiness Revisited: a shallow rehash of Marty Seligman's earlier book by academics with no writing skills who collaborated at a distance without editing the end result."

The title claims the book helps coaches apply positive psychology with clients. If you're a coach, leave now and buy "Happier" by Tal Ben-Shahar, "Authentic Happiness" by Martin Seligman, and "Now, Discover Your Strengths" by Clifton and Buckingham. You'll get the same info with better writing, far better organization, and applications and exercises you can use with your clients. Other than the author bios and introduction, nothing in the content suggested either author had ever coached a client or run a coaching business.

This book was so bad, in so many ways, it's hard to know where to start. It reads like a stream-of-consciousness ramble about positive psychology research, arbitrarily divided into chapters. Often, the content didn't even have much to do with the chapter title. Here goes...

Mostly, I wanted applications. How can I use positive psychology in my coaching practice? Maybe a forgiveness exercise. Or some cool, insightful questions to help clients find unexpected gratitude. No such luck. Most of the book monotonously recites research results, leaving it to the reader to figure out how to translate the research into action.

Each chapter does end with 'Action steps.' Chapter 2: "Consider how you might use happiness assessments in your own practice. Will you include them in your welcome packet?" and "What language might you use to talk about happiness with executives?
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Linley on September 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Until this book, there was not an accessible source to which the coaching psychologist with an interest in applying positive psychology in their coaching practice can readily turn. And what might coaching psychologists be looking for in a book that purports to do this? An understanding of the scientific backbone of positive psychology? Ready applications to coaching psychology practice? Top tips and recommendations for applying positive psychology in the coaching psychology engagement to leverage strengths, enhance well-being, and drive performance? Or all of the above?
The coaching psychology community is fortunate to count Robert Biswas-Diener and Ben Dean amongst its numbers. For not only have they created and delivered a book that ticks all of these boxes, they have done so in a way that makes it a joy to read and an education in itself. They are uniquely qualified to do so. Robert has literally traveled to the furthest corners of the globe in his quest to understand subjective well-being and character strengths across hugely diverse cultures, including Greenland (where he worked with traditional hunters), Calcutta (where he worked with prostitutes), Israel (where he studied empathy in the West Bank), Kenya (where he worked with Maasai tribal people), and the American heartland (where he worked with the Amish). Ben developed and delivered the hugely successful Authentic Happiness Coaching program with positive psychology founder Martin E. P. Seligman, as well as running his own coach training organisation, MentorCoach, for over a decade. Their combined experience, expertise, and insight are apparent throughout the book.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Landau on July 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
*Places positive psychology within a needed historical perspective.
*Provides a new theoretical perspective, including a strength based approach
*Many useful interventions
*Addresses positive psychology in the workplace as a special and important topic
*Helpful summaries at the end of chapters
*Easily usable for the professional as well as the educated lay person
*Excellent resource for the practitioner and researcher
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Sigetich on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! I am an experienced executive coach -- have worked with over 250 leaders in a 10+ year period as a certified coach, and this book adds an important and new dimension. There is language and perspective that will broaden and deepen your coaching with clients. I am not a psychologist, and the entire field of positive psychology is relatively new to me -- I've been learning about it for the past 18 months or so. I find this alignment between positive psychology and professional coaching to be very powerful. I recommend this book for all coaches!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Baroni on September 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific tool for anyone who wants clear, practical ways to create more happiness in their own life and is coaching others to do the same. As a life coach and psychotherapist I really appreciate how the information presented and its applicability to my work. I love the way the authors have taken so many of the compelling and salient findings from the field of positive psychology and translated them into effective techniques and applications for coaches. This sure has made my job easier. I like being able to draw from recent scientific evidence when formulating interventions with clients. Using this book, I am showing my clients how to practice happiness on a daily basis and how to relate every choice they make to the growth of their happiness, rather than what detracts from it. I highly recommend it.
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