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Positive Psychology in the Middle East/North Africa

Research, Policy, and Practise

Editors: Lambert, Louise, Pasha-Zaidi, Nausheen (Eds.)

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  • Looks at positive psychology from a culturally-responsive perspective
  • Includes evidence-based, regionally relevant topics on well-being
  • Sets a future agenda and offers suggestions for the way forward
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This volume looks at positive psychology from a culturally-responsive, empirically-driven perspective to avoid a descent into pseudoscience. Through evidence-based, regionally relevant topics in the field of well-being, this volume shows how increasing levels of excellence in the GCC region enhance upon business, education, research, and social innovations. Grounded in the empirical research literature, each chapter applies psychological concepts to locally relevant considerations, such as culture, religion, and socio-political contexts, making this book an essential tool for understanding positive psychology and well-being in the GCC nations and beyond. 

About the authors

Dr. Louise Lambert, PhD, teaches university-level courses in introduction to psychology, positive psychology in the workplace, happiness and wellbeing, ethical reasoning, workplace psychology and business ethics. She is a Canadian Registered Psychologist with almost 20 years of counselling practise in the non-profit, education, mental health and primary healthcare sectors, as well as the Editor-in-Chief and founder of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to uncovering excellence in the Middle East region. A published researcher in the field of happiness, she also works to teach the skills of wellbeing and character to community individuals, university and high school students, as well as organizations. She is currently working with the Emirates Center for Happiness Research at the United Arab Emirates University.   

Dr. Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi, PhD, has degrees in Communications, Education, and Psychology. She has worked as an international educator for almost 20 years focusing on language development and cultural studies with an emphasis on Muslim populations. Her articles have appeared in a number of professional journals including the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, Ethnicities and The Journal of International Women’s Studies. She is the author of The Colour of Mehndi, a novel that explores acculturation, family values and mental illness within the Pakistani-American community and the lead editor of Mirror on the Veil: a Collection of Personal Narratives on Hijab and Veiling.

Reviews

“I am a strong believer and supporter of Positive Psychology mainly because I have seen how useful and successful it has been for my clients in the Middle East. This book provides a much needed and well deserved positive view of the MENA/GCC region and I highly recommend it as a book everyone must read.” (Dr. Joanne Hands, PhD, LPC, LMFT, President of the Middle East Psychological Association, Kuwait.)
“This book is one of its kind in the region and entire Arab World. It involves a broad and exhaustive review of the many applications of positive psychology across education, organizations, health care, and government policy. The Middle Eastern perspective is refreshing and will help the region flourish.” (Dr. Zakeya Al Rasbi, Ph.D., Director of the Emirates Center for Happiness Research, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, UAE) 

“I have been fortunate to read many of Dr. Louise's articles, papers and books and always find her writing profound, insightful yet, simple to understand. This book is another great accomplishment for Dr. Louise, all of her collaborators and the Arab world as a whole. Bravo everyone!” (Her Excellency, Sheikha Intisar AlSabah, Director and Founder of Alnowair, Kuwait’s first and only dedicated national positivity engine)

“This insightful book provides a unique blend of Positive Psychology with Middle Eastern science and culture. A first for the field of positive psychology and a truly ground breaking book for the region. I learnt a lot!” (Professor Lea Waters, PhD, Director for the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne (Australia). President of the International Positive Psychology Association)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Introduction: Musings on a Regional Positive Psychology

    Pages 1-7

    Lambert, Louise (et al.)

  • The Pursuit of National Wellbeing Policies Across the GCC: The What, How, and Why?

    Pages 11-35

    Lambert, Louise (et al.)

  • Commercial Life: The Private Sector’s Contribution to Wellbeing

    Pages 37-70

    Mulay-Shah, Aziz (et al.)

  • Happiness and the Built Environment

    Pages 71-90

    Reeder, Aubrilyn (et al.)

  • Coming Full Circle: Taking Positive Psychology to GCC Universities

    Pages 93-110

    Lambert, Louise (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-13921-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $119.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-3-030-13920-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Positive Psychology in the Middle East/North Africa
Book Subtitle
Research, Policy, and Practise
Editors
  • Louise Lambert
  • Nausheen Pasha-Zaidi
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13921-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13921-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13920-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 404
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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