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The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology

Edited by: Nicholas J. L. Brown , Tim Lomas , Francisco Jose Eiroa-Orosa

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138961432
eBook ISBN: 9781315659794
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315659794
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Since the turn of the twenty-first century, the field of positive psychology has sought to implement a science of human flourishing so that we may lead happier, more fulfilling lives. It has found expression not only in academic papers but also popular books and, increasingly, in government policy. The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology is the first volume dedicated to a critical appraisal of this influential but controversial field of study.

The book critically examines not only the scientific foundations of positive psychology, but also the sociocultural and political tenets on which the field rests. It evaluates the current field of knowledge and practice, and includes chapters analysing the methodological constructs of the field, as well as others that question what positive psychology actually means by ideas such as happiness or well-being. Taking the debate further, the book then discusses how positive psychology can be applied in a wider variety of settings than is presently the case, helping communities and individuals by acknowledging the reality of people?s lives rather than adhering strictly to debateable theoretical constructs.

Including contributions from disciplines ranging from psychoanalysis to existential therapy, theology to philosophy, and contributors from throughout the world, The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Positive Psychology will be enlightening reading for anyone interested in how psychology has sought to understand human well-being.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Critical positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The unavoidable role of values in positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Taking a closer look at well-being as a scientific construct Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The meaning and valence of gratitude in positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Positive psychology, mental health, and the false promise of the medical model Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Is positive psychology an indigenous psychology? Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Community psychology’s contributions to happiness and well-being Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Is positive psychology compatible with freedom? Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Critique of positive psychology and positive interventions  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Toward a well-spoken explanatory style Download PDF
Chapter  12:  An introduction to criticality for students of positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Five historic philosophers discuss human flourishing and happiness in positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  14:  A re-appraisal of boredom Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Affirming the positive in anomalous experiences Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Uncovering the good in positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Toward a culturally competent positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Cultural and racial perspectives on positive psychologies of humility Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Positive psychology’s religious imperative Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Character strengths as critique Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Toward an integrative applied positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Positive politics Download PDF
Chapter  23:  A proposed enquiry into the effect of sociocultural changes on well-being Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Complexity Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Pleasure as a form of liberatory practice Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Community social psychology and positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Positive, necessary, and possible lives Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Exploring the role of engagement in well-being and personal development Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Citizenship, mental health, and positive psychology Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The brutality of reality Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Philotimo Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Evaluating positive education Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Shaping positive education research to influence public policy Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Positive psychology at a city scale Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Judging the efficacy and ethics of positive psychology for government policymaking Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Feel good or be happy Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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