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Positive Psychology 2e

ISBN-13: 9781111834128 / ISBN-10: 1111834121

The Science of Happiness and Flourishing
William C. Compton, Middle Tennessee State University
Edward Hoffman, Yeshiva University
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2013
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This brief paperback presents in-depth coverage of the relatively new area of positive psychology. Topically organized, it looks at how positive psychology relates to stresses and health within such traditional research areas as developmental, clinical, personality, motivational, social, and behavioral psychology.


  • Each chapter concludes with such learning resources as key terms and ideas as well as books, research, and websites to supplement chapter material.
  • Organized topically, the book presents a brief introduction to positive psychology, including perspectives on positive emotional states, research and theory on positive traits, coverage of positive institutions, and a look at the future of positive psychology.

1. An Introduction to Positive Psychology.
2. Foundations: Emotion, Motivation, and the Nature of Well-Being.
3. Subjective Well-Being.
4. Leisure, Flow, Mindfulness, and Peak Performance.
5. Love and Well-Being.
6. Positive Health.
7. Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius.
8. Well-Being Across the Lifespan.
9. Optimal Well-Being.
10. Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being.
11. Positive Institutions and Cultural Well-Being.
12. A Look Toward the Future of Positive Psychology.
  • The latest research on positive psychology is incorporated throughout the book.
  • A new section discusses interventions to enhance happiness and life satisfaction.
  • Chapter 8, "Well-Being Across the Lifespan," has been considerably rewritten to include current information on positive aging, updated research on resilience in children and adults, and more.
  • A new section on self-disclosure--a topic not often found in positive psychology textbooks--has also been added.
  • Chapter 9, "Optimal Well-Being," has been extensively rewritten to reflect different perspectives on optimal well-being or high-level flourishing. The chapter includes expanded sections on wisdom, theories of optimal well-being, and self-actualization; a new section covering personality traits that are important to optimal well-being (such as openness to experience and courage); and information on how to create your own "inner hero."
William C. Compton
William Compton earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University. Currently a Professor of Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, he has taught a wide variety of classes including Introductory Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Counseling, Psychology of Happiness, and Introduction to Clinical Psychology. His research interests include health psychology, personality, and social psychology.

Edward Hoffman
Edward Hoffman is a leading scholar in humanistic psychology, and has been writing and lecturing on topics related to emotional well-being, higher motivation, and spirituality for more than 30 years. He is an Adjunct Associate Psychology Professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, where he created its popular course on positive psychology. A senior editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Dr. Hoffman received his degrees from Cornell University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.