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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:
9781446298633
Format:
Pbk 240 pages
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This exciting new textbook, written by leading academics in the UK, offers the very first authored title on applied positive psychology for university courses.

Consisting of the latest cutting-edge theory and research in the subject and structured around a pioneering multidimensional model of wellbeing, this book will provide you with the knowledge and tools to apply positive psychology in many areas of life. These include interventions aimed at developing mental and physical functioning, to recommendations for enhancing relationships and reshaping organisational structures. The book shows how these practices can be successfully deployed in diverse real-world settings, from the classroom to the workplace. Key features include:

•Learning objectives set out at the start of each chapter
•Practice essay questions throughout and quizzes to test your knowledge at the end of each chapter
•Useful measurement tools and recommendations for research
•Summary boxes and suggested further reading and resources
•Case studies and ‘Reflection’ boxes that invite you to explore topics in greater depth and relate findings to your everyday life.

This book will be essential reading for all students with an interest in or studying a course in applied positive psychology, and is strongly recommended to students taking a wider course in positive psychology and the psychology of happiness and wellbeing.

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

A major strength of the book relates to the diversity with which the material is presented. It is rare for a textbook to contain such a multitude of learning tools (e.g. case studies, measurement tools, media, and quizzes).

In sum, Applied Positive Psychology provides a thoughtful and thorough description of the practical realm of positive psychology. It is an appropriate textbook choice for courses with an applied focus, and a good companion text for courses with a broader focus on positive psychology.

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.