Positive psychology is the scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and at all stops in between. It is a newly-christened approach within. A Primer in Positive Psychology. By Christopher Peterson. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. ISBN Reviewed by Michael Hogan. Get this from a library! A primer in positive psychology. [Christopher Peterson].
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A Primer in Positive Psychology - Free download as PDF File .pdf) or read online for free. A Primer in Positive Psychology Christopher Peterson. A primer in positive psychology. New York: Oxford. University Press. Peterson, C. & Seligman, M.E.P.. (). Character strengths and virtues. PDF | On Sep 1, , Toni Brennan and others published Reviews: A Primer in Positive Psychology, Academic's Support Kit: A Set of 6 Books, The Experiment.
However, much concern has also arisen in conjunction with the development of positive psychology. For example, Gable and Haidt argued that the assumption of a positive psychology implies the rest of the field must be negative psychology. These controversies are not only limited to the foundation of positive psychological principles and understanding the controversies is requisite to ensuring the correct implementation of positive psychology. In this regard, the authors first describe a fundamental tenet of positive psychology in the areas of positive emotion, positive traits, and positive institutions. Further details on controversies and challenges in each area of concern are discussed, leading to the conclusion that positive psychology is a reputable subdiscipline of psychology. Maslow continued in this vein and first pleasure seeking Fowers,
I'm a big fan of this movement and word needs to get out about it. This is the study of what goes right in life and how to live the good life. There is history about how positive psychology began.
Thank you pioneer Martin Seligman He's authored numerous books on the topic that I recommend you read. This primer takes you from the beginning, provides history, and at the end of each chapter is an exercise to do alon If you're interested in positive psychology, this is an excellent resource.
This primer takes you from the beginning, provides history, and at the end of each chapter is an exercise to do along with more resources including books, articles, movies, and songs. Positive psychology is not a spectator sport, you must take action.
Flow and positive thinking are important. There's a chapter on character strengths.
There are 24 strengths under 6 core virtues moral excellence of goodness. Values are those goals we deem worthy.
They are not attitudes, traits, norms or needs. There's a chapter on interests, abilities, and accomplishments. More recently, positive psychologists have found empirical support for the humanistic theories of flourishing.
In addition, positive psychology has moved ahead in a variety of new directions. In , Diener published his tripartite model of subjective well-being , positing "three distinct but often related components of wellbeing: frequent positive affect, infrequent negative affect, and cognitive evaluations such as life satisfaction ".
It postulates six factors which are key for well-being, namely self-acceptance , personal growth , purpose in life , environmental mastery, autonomy , and positive relations with others. Initial theory: three paths to happiness[ edit ] In Authentic Happiness Seligman proposed three kinds of a happy life which can be investigated:   Pleasant life: research into the Pleasant Life, or the "life of enjoyment", examines how people optimally experience, forecast , and savor the positive feelings and emotions that are part of normal and healthy living e.
Despite the attention given, Martin Seligman says this most transient element of happiness may be the least important.
Flow is experienced when there is a positive match between a person's strength and their current task, i. PERMA[ edit ] In Flourish Seligman argued that the last category of his proposed three kinds of a happy life, " meaningful life ", can be considered as 3 different categories. These emotions are frequently seen as connected to positive outcomes, such as longer life and healthier social relationships.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explains true engagement as flow , a state of deep effortless involvement,  feeling of intensity that leads to a sense of ecstasy and clarity. Engagement involves passion for and concentration on the task at hand and is assessed subjectively as to whether the person engaged was completely absorbed, losing self-consciousness.
As Christopher Peterson puts it simply, "Other people matter. They are important not only in bad times, but good times as well.
In fact, relationships can be strengthened by reacting to one another positively. It is typical that most positive things take place in the presence of other people.
Discovering and figuring out a clear "why" puts everything into context from work to relationships to other parts of life. Despite potential challenges, working with meaning drives people to continue striving for a desirable goal. Accomplishments are the pursuit of success and mastery. That being noted, accomplishments can activate the other elements of PERMA, such as pride, under positive emotion.