Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths

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Remediating deficits and managing disabilities has been a central preoccupation for clinical psychologists for much of the past 50 years. Positive psychology, in contrast, is concerned with the enhancement of happiness and well-being, involving the scientific study of the role of personal strengths and positive social systems in the promotion of optimal well-being. The central themes of positive psychology, including happiness, hope, creativity, and wisdom, are all investigated in this book in the context of their possible applications in clinical practice.

What is Positive Psychology? is unique in offering an accessible introduction to this emerging field of clinical psychology. It will prove a valuable resource for psychology students and instructors who will benefit from the learning objectives and research stimuli included in each chapter. It will also be of great interest to instructors of social work, counseling and psychotherapy.

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