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PSY 4699: Positive Psychology: Readings

Course Readings

Required Texts:

Introduction: Why do we need a positive psychology?    

Basic premises & Exploding myths

  • Sonja Lyubomirsky (2008): The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want, New York, NY: The Penguin Press
  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 7 Stopping the Madness: Pos Psych & Deconstructing the Illness Ideology & the DSM (Maddux)
    • Chp 8 Widening the Diagnostic Focus: A case for Including Human Strengths & Environmental Resources (Bea Wright, Shane Lopez
    • Chp 9 Toward a Science of Mental Health (Keyes)
  • Duckworth, A.L., Steen, T.A., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2005). Positive psychology in clinical practice. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 1, 629-651. 

Beliefs as self-fulfilling prophecies I (psychology of success)

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 30, Hope Theory (Rand, Cheavens)
    • Chp 31 Self Efficacy: The Power of Believing You Can (Maddux)
  • H Benson (1997) Timeless healing: The power and biology of belief Not available as an eBook.

Well-being & Resilience

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 17, Subjective Well Being (Diener, Oishi, Lucas)
    • Chp12, Resilience in Development (Matsen, Herbers, Reed) 
    • Chp 21 Coping Through Emotional Approach (Stanton, Sullivan, Austenfeld) 

Positive Psychology of Change

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 18  Flow Theory & Research (Nakamura & Csikezentmihalyi)
    • Chp 22 Emotional Creativity (Salovey, Mayer, Caruso & Hee Yoo)
  • Gilbert, D.T., Pinel, E.C., Wilson, T.D., Blumberg, S.J., & Wheatley, T.P. (1998). Immune neglect: A source of durability bias in affective forecasting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 75, 617-638.
  • Miller, W.R. (2004). The phenomenon of quantum change. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60(5), 453-460.

Physical health

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 51, Toughness (Diensbier, Zillig)
    • Chp 48 Role for Neuropsychology in Understanding the Facilitating Influence of Positive Affect on Social Behavior & Cog Processes (Isen)
    • Chp 49, Toward  Biology of Social Support (DIckereson, Zoccola)
    • Chp 62 Happiness Resilience & Positive Growth Following Physical Disability (Dunn, Uswatte & Elliot)
  • Ryff, C.D., & Singer, B. (1998). The Contours of positive human health. Psychological Inquiry, 9(1), 1-28.
  • Callaghan, P. (2004). Exercise: a neglected intervention in mental health care? Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 11, 476-483.

Positive Psychology Applications

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 13, Pos Psych for Children & Adolescents (Kirschman, Johnson, Bender, & Roberts)
    • Chp15, Aging well in the 21st Century (Williamson, Christie)
    • Chp 6, Positive Psych within a Cultural Context (Pedrotti, Edwards & Lopez)
    • Chp 55 Positive Workplaces (Luthans & Yussef)
  • Seligman, M.E.P., Rashid, T., & Parks, A.C. (2006). Positive Psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 774-788.

Setting goals

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapter 32, Problem Solving Appraisal & Psychological Adjustment (Heppner & Lee)
  • Doskoch, P. (2005). The Winning Edge. Psychology Today.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1999). If we are so rich, why aren’t we happy? American Psychologist, 54,10, 821-827.

Forgiveness & Gratitude

Mindfulness

Relationships

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 36 Relationship Connection: A Redux on the Role of Minding and the Quality of Feeling Special in the Enhancement of Closeness
    • Chp42 Love 
    • Chp 39 Empathy and Altruism

Spirituality

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 23 Emotional Creativity: Toward “Spiritualizing the Passions”
    • Chp 58 Spirituality: The search for the sacred

Post Traumatic Growth

Future Research: Where do we go now?

  • Snyder, C.R., & Lopez, S.J. (2009). Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology:
    • Chapters 11 Positive Ethics: Themes and Variations
    • Chp 65 The Future of Positive Psychology: Pursuing Three Big Goals