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Applied Positive Psychology
Integrated Positive Practice

  • Tim Lomas - Department of Psychology, University of East London, UK
  • Kate Hefferon - Department of Psychology, University of East London, UK
  • Itai Ivtzan - Department of Psychology, University of East London, UK


September 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Instructors - Electronic inspection copies are available or contact your local sales representative for an inspection copy of the print version.

“If you think you know what positive psychology is, think again! This book offers a new integrative vision for making life better that takes in the body and the brain, culture and society, childhood and development... A must read for students.”
- Stephen Joseph, University of Nottingham

"Captures the best of the positive psychology initiative, and most importantly, translates it to practice. The authors bring remarkable depth and breadth to the subject matter and do so in a way that is fresh, engaging, relevant, and unusually thoughtful."
- Carol Ryff, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"If you want to understand what positive psychology really is, learn how it works in practice and discover its huge potential to transform our lives and our world then look no further than this superb book. I really can't recommend it highly enough."
- Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness

This exciting new textbook, written by leading academics in the UK, offers the very first authored title on applied positive psychology for university courses.

Consisting of the latest cutting-edge theory and research in the subject and structured around a pioneering multidimensional model of wellbeing, this book will provide you with the knowledge and tools to apply positive psychology in many areas of life. These include interventions aimed at developing mental and physical functioning, to recommendations for enhancing relationships and reshaping organisational structures. The book shows how these practices can be successfully deployed in diverse real-world settings, from the classroom to the workplace. Key features include:

  • Learning objectives set out at the start of each chapter
  • Practice essay questions throughout and quizzes to test your knowledge at the end of each chapter
  • Useful measurement tools and recommendations for research
  • Summary boxes and suggested further reading and resources
  • Case studies and ‘Reflection’ boxes that invite you to explore topics in greater depth and relate findings to your everyday life.

This book will be essential reading for all students with an interest in or studying a course in applied positive psychology, and is strongly recommended to students taking a wider course in positive psychology and the psychology of happiness and wellbeing.

 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Preparing for the Journey
A map to guide us

 
Our motto

 
 
Chapter 2: The Mind
Consciousness

 
Embodiment

 
Emotions

 
Cognitions

 
Awareness+

 
 
Chapter 3: The Body and the Brain
Biochemistry

 
Neurons

 
Neural networks

 
The nervous system

 
The body

 
 
Chapter 4: Culture and Society
Microsystem

 
Mesosystem

 
Exosystem

 
Macrosystem

 
Ecosystem

 
 
Chapter 5: Childhood and Development
Pregnancy and birth

 
Infancy

 
Early childhood

 
Positive education

 
Positive youth development

 
Development throughout adulthood

 
Positive aging

 
 
Chapter 6: Occupations and Organisations
The mind

 
The body

 
Culture

 
Society

 
 
Chapter 7: Religion and Spirituality
The religion-health connection

 
Meditation and Buddhism

 
Yoga and Hinduism

 
Religion, spirituality, and positive psychology

 
 
Chapter 8: Ethical and Reflective Practice
Ethical practice

 
Reflective practice

 

Nice overview but as I am teaching business students I felt that this was too much on the psychology side to have this as a core textbook. I have been working more with POS and POB texts and hence this has come as a supplement (and a recommendation to the library).

Professor Antoinette Weibel
Department of Business Administration, University of St Gallen - HSG
June 19, 2015

This book offers a comprehensive theoretical grounding to this field and would be suitable reading for those who already have a good understanding of this emerging field, as well as how it can be applied in their field of work.

Mr Tim Cooke
Doctoral Programme in Educational Psychology, Southampton University
March 13, 2015

A very interesting book which gives a good overview of this emerging field of psychology.

Mr Richard Brook
Social Work & Psychosocial Studies, University of East Anglia
February 25, 2015

I have included this as essential reading for our PG Diploma students in mental health nursing and for our third year mental health nurses. The book is well considered, drawing on relevant research and giving new insights into areas of care. Highly recommended.

Mr David Rawcliffe
Pre-Registration Nursing, Bucks New University
February 9, 2015

Expanding area of undergraduate psychology. This text gives good insight into the application of this area

Dr David Holmes
Dept of Psychology & Speech Pathology, Manchester Metropolitan University
January 12, 2015

This is the first book I have read about positive psychology. It offers a complete overview of the disciple. It is written in a compelling way which makes it an easy read.

Mrs Maartje De Graaf
Media, Communication & Organisation, Twente University
November 18, 2014

A great book, covering a wide range of topics in the field and providing a sense of definition to a broad topic area. An asset to many aspects of psychology.

Ms Karen Twiselton
Psychology, University of the Highlands and Islands
October 10, 2014
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