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Approaches the field of positive psychology from a post-modern perspective
Challenges ideas and procedures while building upon the virtues of current models
Builds on Maslow’s idea of “growth science”
This book approaches the field of positive psychology from a post-modern perspective. It explores the consequences of combining current trends and models with supplementary participatory and transformative methods. The book brings a more collective, qualitative, culturally sensitive and transformative approach to the processes of making sense and implementing the science of positive psychology. It moves beyond the individual level towards a “knowledge community” and “knowledge of the communities”. The book is an invitation to more participatory and polyphonic dialogues in the field of positive psychology.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Activities and Student Development - Akumal Manifesto - Appling Positive Psychology in South Africa - Building Positive Nations - Construction of Positive Nations - Ethical Consciousness in Positive Psychology - Forgiveness within Cultures - Geographical Distribution of Happiness - Gross National Happiness - Happiness and Subjective Well-Being - Importance of Friendship - Moral Character of Society - Positive Community Development - Positive Community Psychology - Positive Human Processes - Positive Nations and Positive Communities - Positive Psychology - Revolution of Happiness - Rhizome and Gift-Exchange
Preface; Ruut Veenhoven.- Introduction: Towards a Participatory and Ethical Consciousness in Positive Psychology; Helena Águeda Marujo and Luis Miguel Neto.- Part I. Introductory Perspectives.- Chapter 1. Two Images: Rhizome and the Gift Exchange in Life and Service; Christopher J. Kinman.- Chapter 2. Positive Institutions, Communities, and Nations: Methods and Internationalizing Positive Psychology Concepts; Grant J. Rich.- Part II. Display of Psychological Attributes: From Personal to Social.- Chapter 3. The Altruism Spiral: An Integrated Model for a Harmonious Future; Lawrence Soosai-Nathan and Antonella Delle Fave.- Chapter 4. The Importance of Friendship in the Construction of Positive Nations; Graciela Tonon and Lía Rodriguez de la Vega.- Chapter 5. Satsang: A Culture Specific Effective Practice for Well-Being; Kamlesh Singh, Anjali Jain and Dalbir Singh.- Chapter 6. Co-curricular Activities and Student Development: How Positive Nations encourage students to pursue careers in Psychology; Mercedes A. McCormick, Grant J. Rich, Deborah Harris O'Brien and Annie Chai.- Part III. Realization: From Individual to Collective.- Chapter 7. The European Championship as a Positive Festivity: Changes in Strenghts of Character Before, During and After the Euro 2008 in Switzerland; René Proyer, Fabian Gander, Sara Wellenzohn and Willibald Ruch.- Chapter 8. Positive Psychology and Interpersonal Forgiveness within Cultures; Julio R. Neto, Robert Enright, Bruna Seibel and Silvia Koller.- Chapter 9. South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Process as Applied Positive Psychology in Nation Building; Marié P. Wissing and Q. Michael Temane.- Part IV- Agency: From Passive to Active.- Chapter 10. Gross National Happiness: A Case Example of a Himalayan Kingdom’s Attempt to Build Positive Nations; George W. Burns.- Chapter 11. The Revolution of Happiness and the Happiness of Political Revolutions: Reflections around the Portuguese Case; Miguel Pereira Lopes, Patricia Jardim da Palma and Telmo Ferreira Alves.- Chapter 12. Positive Community Psychology and Positiv Community Development: Research and Intervention as Transformative Appreciative Actions; Luis Miguel Neto and Helena Águeda Marujo.-Chapter 13. From South West Africa to Namibia: Subjective Well-Being Twenty-one Years after Independence; S. Rothmann and Martina Perstling.