The Science and Application of Positive Psychology

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The Science and Application of Positive Psychology

by Jennifer S. Cheavens, David B. Feldman

2021, Published by Cambridge University Press | 400 Pages
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Positive psychology tackles the big questions: What does it mean to live a ‘good life’? What helps people to flourish and access their optimal potential? And how can we increase our capacities for joy, meaning, and hope? This engaging textbook emphasizes the science of positive psychology – students don’t simply learn about positive psychology in the abstract, but instead are exposed to the fascinating research that supports its conclusions.Bridging theory and practice, this textbook connects up-to-date research with real-world examples and guides students to apply evidence-based practices in their own lives. Its comprehensive coverage includes major new topics, such as spirituality, therapeutic interventions, mindfulness, and positive relationships. Featured pedagogy includes ‘Are You Sure about That?’ boxes presenting methodological and statistical principles in context, and ‘Practice Positive Psychology’ activities to extend student learning, while online resources include lecture slides, a test bank, and an instructor manual.

Key features

  • Science based and including the most up-to-date and relevant research
  • Chapter opening vignettes provide case studies of the chapter topic, bringing psychological constructs to life for students
  • Comprehensive coverage, featuring major new topics such as spirituality, multicultural and societal perspectives, therapeutic interventions, mindfulness, and positive relationships
  • ‘Are You Sure About That’ boxes are included throughout to connect methodological and statistical principles to specific examples, ensuring that students learn these important yet difficult concepts in context
  • Intersectionality is a priority, with culture and diversity woven throughout and each chapter including a section that explores the topic at hand specifically through a cultural lens.
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