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Difficult read but well worth it December 11, 2006 -
Some day somebody's going to write a "Flourishing For Dummies" version of this book and they'll sell a zillion of them. In the meantime, it is a very thorough look at the tenets and possibilities of the positive psychology movement. The premise is that the field of psychology has focused mostly on prevention and illness and that it needs to move in the direction of potential and good mental health. The notion that the absence of mental illness is not the same as good mental health is well developed as are some of the behaviors attitudes and beliefs associated with good mental health.
This newest positive psychology handbook is an edited volume, with contributing authors including Czikszentmihalyi, Emmons, and more.
When Dr. Haidt teaches a senior-
Lay readers interested in the topic but daunted by the jargon of modern experimental psychology will be happy with Authentic Happiness or The Happiness Hypothesis -