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ISBN-13: 978-0471459064 ISBN-10: 0471459062 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 792 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471459062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471459064
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Existential-humanistic psychotherapy will welcome this book about its growing and thriving young cousin, positive psychology. May, Frankl, Yalom, Bugental, et al. would be especially glad to see the chapter by Bretherton and Orner presenting an existential approach to positive psychology and psychotherapy. —Thomas Greening, Editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology

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Existential-humanistic psychotherapy will welcome this book about its growing and thriving young cousin, positive psychology. May, Frankl, Yalom, Bugental, et al. would be especially glad to see the chapter by Bretherton and Orner presenting an existential approach to positive psychology and psychotherapy. --Thomas Greening, Editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology

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Stephen Joseph, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at the University of Nottingham, UK. He received his M.Sc in social psychology from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Psychiatry in London. His research is on positive psychology, psychotherapy and psychological trauma. Joseph's latest book, What Doesn't Kill Us (Basic Books) was released in paperback in 2013.

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Whitenburg on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
`Positive Psychology in Practice' any psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist or life coach worth their salt would buy this book. It is second to none in clinical terms.

P.Alex Lindley and Stephen Joseph edited it and they were obviously inspired by an outside force as it is remarkable and salient to all.

The write-up says it is `the cutting edge of positive psychology and an emblem of its future' and it really is just that.

My experience in Clinic in Liverpool's Rodney St and London's Harley St over the last 25 years seems to pale in to insignificance when I realise just how much more I could have offered if this science had been around, how much more this therapy will benefit future generation is all in this book.

I recommend it also to anybody wanting to improve their lot in life. It is written in easy to understand laypersons language.

The editors have gathered papers from some of the leaders in this science and it just jells together to give professional and amateurs alike an insight in to themselves and others. Well done Alex and Stephen it's a `must have'.

Mike Whitenburgh
Psychoanalyst.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on August 22, 2010
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This is a wonderful resource on positive psychology. The theory is translated into useful operations that are easily understood and implemented.

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zhujun Jiang on September 27, 2010
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Positive Psychology in Practice

Pros:
1. I enjoy the concepts of "extrinsic goals" and "intrinsic goals", "satisficers" and "maximizers", as well as the evidence/literature the authors provided to support their stance on these concepts.
2. Language is really easy to understand; even college students that have little training or experiences in psychotherapy theories are mostly likely able to grasp the main concepts.

Cons:
1. The language and ideas in this book tend to be repetitive. I skipped several chapters when I read it.
2. The so-called "positive psychology" theory, compared to other deep-rooted psychotherapy theories, appear to be too contemporary, by which I mean the authors really had to stretch things out in order to "make a theory". Some of their ideas can be fully understood and explained in other original theories in therapy, e.g. existentialism.
3. This concept, positive psychology, is more for counseling folks, including therapists and clients, rather than clinical folks. I, from a heavy clinical background, found the content of this book difficult to grasp.
4. I really disagree with some of the ideas discussed in the text.
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4 of 43 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Heersink on June 21, 2009
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I agree with the previous reviewer. Like Pscyho-cybernetics and "The Secret," if you think "positively," you affect positive change.

But wait, I know many devotees who are a complete mess, insisting their positive psychology has boundless joys -- apparently for other people, because "thinking it so" does not make it so.

As a teen, I had this crush on a person. I took the Bull by the Horns, and insisted he like me. When he flipped me the bird, I got real.

Wishful thinking is simply wishful. Positive thinking is no different. Warm and fuzzy psychology is like the power of channeling Ramtha. No causations, just voices in your head. I don't expect psychology to prescribe anti-psychotics, because they can't. They're only pseudo-doctors. So what are psychiatrists' defense?
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