A Case for Positive Psychology

Shane J. Lopez and Matthew W. Gallagher

in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology

Second edition

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195187243
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
 A Case for Positive Psychology

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Pickup a magazine or a scholarly psychology journal and, chances are, you will read about the good work of a positive psychologist. Through the use of sound methods, positive psychologists answer hard questions about the best in people. This book serves as repository of answers to those tough questions. In this chapter, we argue that the work of positive psychology scholars is good for psychology, as a discipline, and for society. We also discuss what needs to be done to shore up the science and practice of positive psychology.

Keywords: positive psychology; social science; strengths

Article.  2486 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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