Positive Psychology as Social Change

Editors: Biswas-Diener, Robert (Ed.)

  • Includes well-known contributors such as Antonella Delle Fave, Joar Vittersø and Ed Diener
  • Contains cutting edge contributions on technology and philanthropy; two topics often left out of psychology titles
  • Introduces Positive Psychology as an applied science that can be used to create positive social transformation
  • International list of contributors representing 10 nationalities and 8 countries of residence
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About this book

In recent times there has been growing interest in positive psychology. This is evidenced by the swell in positive psychology graduate programs, undergraduate courses, journals related to the topic, popular book titles on the topic and scholarly publications. Within the positive psychology community there has been an increased emphasis on the socially beneficial side of positive psychological science. At the First World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association there was a major push to look at positive psychology as a social change mechanism. This volume will bring together thoughts of leaders in positive psychology from 8 countries to capitalize on the push toward social change and flourishing. By releasing this title at a critical time Springer has the opportunity to help frame the agenda for positive psychology as a force for social change.

This seminal work is meant for anyone interested in happiness, strengths, flourishing or positive institutions It introduces Positive Psychology as an unapplied science that can be used to create positive social transformation and enabling institutions. This is a must-have title for academics, especially psychologists, sociologists, economists, and professionals working in the field of Positive Psychology and Well-Being.

About the authors

Robert Biswas-Diener is widely known as the "Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology" because his scientific pursuit of the emotional good life has led him to such far flung places as India, Greenland, Israel, Kenya, and Spain. He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Journal of Happiness Studies.

Robert is CAPP's Programme Director for Education and Learning. He is also part-time instructor of psychology at Portland State University (USA). Robert is the author of the books, Positive Psychology Coaching: Putting the science of happiness to work for your clients (Wiley, 2007), and Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (Blackwell, 2008).

Reviews

From the reviews:

“This volume demonstrates how the emphasis of positive psychology can and should be shifted from the individual to the group level. … Biswas-Diener … and the other contributors introduce the reader to cutting-edge thinking about public policy and interventions designed to impact individuals who find themselves in a wide variety of social contexts. … Rarely does one find a volume of this genre to be as enthralling and thought provoking as this one. Summing up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.” (R. B. Stewart Jr., Choice, Vol. 49 (5), January, 2012)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • What People Really Want in Life and Why It Matters: Contributions from Research on Folk Theories of the Good Life

    Scollon, Christie Napa (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Think Before You Think

    Marks, Nic

    Pages 17-32

  • Socially Responsible Cheermongery: On the Sociocultural Contexts and Levels of Social Happiness Policies

    Thin, Neil

    Pages 33-49

  • Monitoring Psychosocial Prosperity for Social Change

    Diener, Ed (et al.)

    Pages 53-71

  • Gross National Happiness: A Gift from Bhutan to the World

    Burns, George W.

    Pages 73-87

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Positive Psychology as Social Change
Editors
  • Robert Biswas-Diener
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9938-9
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9938-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9937-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-2371-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 358
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