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Positive Psychology

The Basics, 1st Edition

By Rona Hart


200 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book provides an accessible and balanced introduction to positive psychology scholarship and its applications, incorporating an overview of the development of positive psychology. Positive Psychology: The Basics delineates positive psychology’s journey as a discipline, takes stock of its achievements, and provides an updated overview of its core topics, exploring the theory, research, and interventions in each.

Launched as a rebellious discipline just over two decades ago, positive psychology challenged the emphasis of applied psychology on disease and dysfunction and offered a new, more balanced perspective on human life. From its foundations in the late 20th century to recent ‘second wave’ theories around the importance of recognizing negative emotions, this compact overview covers the key ideas and principles, from research around emotional well-being, optimism and change, to posttraumatic growth and positive relationships. The first jargon-free introduction to the subject, Hart introduces the reader to range of issues including self-regulation and flow, character strengths and virtues, and positive relationships, concluding with a chapter on how interventions can affect happiness and well-being.

Positive Psychology: The Basics is an essential resource for students, practitioners, academics, and anyone who is interested in understanding the essence of a life well lived.

Table of Contents



1 The development of Positive Psychology

2 Happiness

3 Wellbeing

4 Positive emotions

5 Optimism and hope

6 Goal pursuit and change

7 Self-regulation and grit

8 Flow

9 Meaning in life

10 Character strengths and virtues

11 Positive relationships

12 Stress, coping, resilience and posttraumatic growth

13 Positive psychology interventions



About the Author

Dr Rona Hart is a senior lecturer in Applied Positive Psychology, and the former Programme Leader of the immensely popular MSc in Applied Positive Psychology Programme and the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology Programme at the School of Psychology, University of East London, UK.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology