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Positive Psychology At The Movies

Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths

320 pages
Hogrefe Publishing Corporation
New Edition Coming Spring 2013!\n·\tNow with images (frame-grabs) throughout the book\n·\tHundreds of new films portraying positive psychology concepts\n·\tNew chapter on movies exhibiting positive relationships achievement and mindfulness\n·\tMore extensive commentary on research and practices for each of the 24 character strengths\n·\tNew sections on signature strengths character strength principles and using strengths to cope with problems\n·\tUpdated charts references practitioner resources and more!\nMovies are a powerful and enjoyable medium for learning. This book shows exactly how to use film to learn about the concepts and the real-life benefits of positive psychology both for self-improvement and in classes or seminars.\n\nDrawing on the authors’ vast experience of teaching movie discussion groups and with patients Positive Psychology at the Movies combines research-based advice on how to improve life and flourish with clear explanations of the scientific background—using movies to exemplify illuminate and inspire\nThe book leads systematically through the 6 “virtues” and 24 “strengths” that the “founding fathers” of positive psychology Mihály Csíkszentmihályi Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman found to be nearly universal across cultures. In each case the authors look at: Key Concepts Relevant Research an Exemplar from a key movie other movie portrayals (including international cinema) Antitheses Key Enablers and Inhibitors Practical Applications and Summary. Readers or classes are invited to consider key issues—and the book also provides a syllabus for positive psychology courses based on movies.\n\nPositive Psychology at the Movies is uniquely suited for: (1) individuals or groups wanting to understand the concepts of positive psychology and thus improve their own lives; and (2) for teaching the concepts and practical benefits of positive psychology in university/college at work during counselling or coaching and in other settings.