A psychology of human strengths: Fundamental questions and future directionsfor a positive psychology.
Aspinwall, Lisa G., (Ed), Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT,US. Staudinger, Ursula M., (Ed), Department of Psychology IV, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany.
Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association, 2003. xvi, 369 pp.
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In A Psychology of Human Strengths: Fundamental Questions and Future Directions for aPositive Psychology, leading scholars of contemporary psychology set a research agendafor the scientific study of human strengths. Aspinwall and Staudinger feature contributorswho bring both supportive and challenging voices to this emerging field to stimulatediscourse. In many cases, their findings have turned "established wisdom" on its head.What results is a comprehensive book that provides a forward-looking forum for thediscussion of the purpose, pitfalls, and future of the psychology of human strengths. Thisvolume offers commentary on positive psychology and its antecedents. It is a must-readfor those looking for new ways of thinking about such topics as intelligence, judgment,volition, social behavior, close relationships, development, aging, and health as well asapplications to psychotherapy, education, organizational psychology, gender, politics,creativity, and other realms of life. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rightsreserved)