Higher Education

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing, 2nd Edition

  • William C. Compton Middle Tennessee State University
  • Edward Hoffman Yeshiva University
  • ISBN-10: 1111834121  |  ISBN-13: 9781111834128
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2005
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $55.50
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This brief paperback presents in-depth coverage of the relatively new area of positive psychology. Topically organized, it looks at how positive psychology relates to stresses and health within such traditional research areas as developmental, clinical, personality, motivational, social, and behavioral psychology. The text is a perfect supplement for Introductory Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment, Health Psychology, or Social Psychology courses. It can also be used as a primary text in upper-level courses, such as the Psychology of Happiness.

Features and Benefits

  • Each chapter concludes with such learning resources as key terms and ideas as well as books, research, and websites to supplement chapter material.
  • Organized topically, the book presents a brief introduction to positive psychology, including perspectives on positive emotional states, research and theory on positive traits, coverage of positive institutions, and a look at the future of positive psychology.

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Positive Psychology.
2. Foundations: Emotion, Motivation, and the Nature of Well-Being.
3. Subjective Well-Being.
4. Leisure, Flow, Mindfulness, and Peak Performance.
5. Love and Well-Being.
6. Positive Health.
7. Excellence, Aesthetics, Creativity, and Genius.
8. Well-Being Across the Lifespan.
9. Optimal Well-Being.
10. Religion, Spirituality, and Well-Being.
11. Positive Institutions and Cultural Well-Being.
12. A Look Toward the Future of Positive Psychology.

What's New

  • The latest research on positive psychology is incorporated throughout the book.
  • A new section discusses interventions to enhance happiness and life satisfaction.
  • Chapter 8, "Well-Being Across the Lifespan," has been considerably rewritten to include current information on positive aging, updated research on resilience in children and adults, and more.
  • A new section on self-disclosure--a topic not often found in positive psychology textbooks--has also been added.
  • Chapter 9, "Optimal Well-Being," has been extensively rewritten to reflect different perspectives on optimal well-being or high-level flourishing. The chapter includes expanded sections on wisdom, theories of optimal well-being, and self-actualization; a new section covering personality traits that are important to optimal well-being (such as openness to experience and courage); and information on how to create your own "inner hero."


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Instructor Supplements

Research in Action DVD Volume i, 1st Edition 2008  (ISBN-10: 0495595209 | ISBN-13: 9780495595205)

Research in Action features the work of research psychologists to give students an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research--not just who is doing it, but also how it is done, and how and where the results are being used. By taking students into the laboratories of both established and up-and-coming researchers, and by showing research results being applied outside of the laboratory, these videos offer insight into both the research process and the many ways in which real people's lives are affected by research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

William C. Compton

William Compton earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University. Currently a Professor of Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, he has taught a wide variety of classes including Introductory Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Counseling, Psychology of Happiness, and Introduction to Clinical Psychology. His research interests include health psychology, personality, and social psychology.

Edward Hoffman

Edward Hoffman is a leading scholar in humanistic psychology, and has been writing and lecturing on topics related to emotional well-being, higher motivation, and spirituality for more than 30 years. He is an Adjunct Associate Psychology Professor at Yeshiva University in New York City, where he created its popular course on positive psychology. A senior editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Dr. Hoffman received his degrees from Cornell University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.