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Applied Positive Psychology: Integrated Positive Practice

by Tim Lomas, Kate Hefferon and Itai Ivtzan SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
09/2014
ISBN:
9781446298626
Format:
Hbk 240 pages
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This new textbook and ndash; written by the leaders of Europe and rsquo;s pre-eminent MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and ndash; offers the very latest cutting-edge theory and research in applied positive psychology. Structured around a pioneering multidimensional model of wellbeing, the book outlines a comprehensive array of practices for improving life. These range from interventions aimed at developing mental and physical functioning, to recommendations for enhancing relationships and reshaping organisational structures. Moreover, the book shows how these practices can be successfully deployed in diverse real-world settings, from the classroom to the workplace.

Introduction
Chapter 1: Preparing for the Journey
A map to guide us
Our motto
Chapter 2: The Mind
Consciousness
Embodiment
Emotions
Cognitions
Awareness+
Chapter 3: The Body and the Brain
Biochemistry
Neurons
Neural networks
The nervous system
The body
Chapter 4: Culture and Society
Microsystem
Mesosystem
Exosystem
Macrosystem
Ecosystem
Chapter 5: Childhood and Development
Pregnancy and birth
Infancy
Early childhood
Positive education
Positive youth development
Development throughout adulthood
Positive aging
Chapter 6: Occupations and Organisations
The mind
The body
Culture
Society
Chapter 7: Religion and Spirituality
The religion-health connection
Meditation and Buddhism
Yoga and Hinduism
Religion, spirituality, and positive psychology
Chapter 8: Ethical and Reflective Practice
Ethical practice
Reflective practice

and ldquo;If you think you know what positive psychology is, think again! This book offers a new integrative vision for making life better that takes in the body and the brain, culture and society, and childhood and development. Written by the team who lead the Applied Positive Psychology programme at the University of East London you can be sure that the scholarship is cutting edge. A must read for students of positive psychology. and rdquo; Professor Stephen Joseph, editor of Positive Psychology in Practice 'It's hard to think of any discipline that could be more important in modern society than Positive Psychology - the science and practice of improving wellbeing. This book marks a significant coming-of-age for this exciting and rapidly developing field. It provides a grounded, compelling and comprehensive view of the many ways that Positive Psychology can help make life better - from individuals and families to schools, workplaces and communities; from birth and childhood to adult life and old age. If you want to understand what Positive Psychology really is, learn how it works in practice and discover its huge potential to transform our lives and our world then look no further than this superb book. I really can't recommend it highly enough.' Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness 'This textbook captures the best of the positive psychology initiative, and most importantly, translates it to practice. The authors bringremarkable depth and breadth to the subject matter and do so in a way that is fresh, engaging, relevant, and unusually thoughtful. Everyone who reads this book will derive useful insights about how to live. The closing chapter on ethical and reflective practice is a masterpiece.' Carol Ryff 'If you are interested in having a positive impact on people and rsquo;s lives then this book is for you. By firmly placing Positive Psychology in an applied and social context the authors identify its true purpose - to make life better. It does a brilliant job of showing readers how to apply the insights that research has uncovered. It will surely become one of the go-to text books for all students of Positive Psychology.' Nic Marks, creator of the Happy Planet Index, Five Ways to Wellbeing and Founder of Happiness Works
Dr Tim Lomas is a lecturer and module leader on the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London. Tim undertook an MA (Hons) and an MSc in psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and completed his PhD at the University of Westminster in 2012. He has published numerous papers on meditation, Buddhism, and masculinity. His first academic book, entitled aMasculinity, Meditation and Mental Health,a was published by Palgrave MacMillan in Spring 2014. Dr. Kate Hefferon is a Chartered Research Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Msc in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London. She is the author of several peer-reviewed papers, books and book chapters and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally on positive psychology. Her research interests include posttraumatic growth, resilience, physical activity and embodiment. Dr Itai Ivtzan is a chartered psychologist and holds a position as a Full-Time Positive Psychology Senior Lecturer in UEL (University East London) as part of the MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) programme. In addition, he is the Programme Leader for the MAPP distance learning programme. Itai is also an Honorary Senior Research Associate in UCL. He published many peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters and his main areas of research are spirituality, mindfulness, meaning, and self-actualisation.