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The quality of people’s relationships with and interactions with other people are major influences on their feelings of well-being and their evaluations of life satisfaction. The goal of this volume is to offer scholarly summaries of theory and research on topics at the frontier of the study of these social psychological influences—both interpersonal and intrapersonal—on subjective well-being and life satisfaction. The chapters cover a variety of types of relationships (e.g., romantic relationships, friendships, online relationships) as well as a variety of types of interactions with others (e.g., forgiveness, gratitude, helping behavior, self-presentation). Also included are chapters on broader social issues such as materialism, sexual identity and orientation, aging, spirituality, and meaning in life. Subjective Well-Being and Life Satisfaction provides a rich and focused resource for graduate students, upper-level undergraduate students, and researchers in positive psychology and social psychology, as well as social neuroscientists, mental health researchers, clinical and counselling psychologists, and anyone interested in the science of well-being.
"Kudos to James Maddux for assembling this state-of-the-art recap of the intrapersonal and interpersonal sources of human flourishing. From neuroscience to culture to relationships to meaning and spirituality, this readable book is a definitive summary of research on the roots of well-being." -David G. Myers, Hope College, USA
"This excellent volume gives a much-needed overview of the rapidly growing field of subjective well-being. Its scholarly summaries bring readers up-to-date on many of the most important topics regarding happiness and life satisfaction, from perennial topics such as gratitude, humility, and forgiveness to emerging topics such as media and sexual orientation." – Edward F. Diener, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
"For scholars and practitioners interested in well-being and its promotion, this is the definitive volume. Comprehensive in coverage, with chapters by the leading experts, it will be the milestone in the field for years to come." – Stephen Joseph, University of Nottingham, UK
Part I: Foundational Issues
Part II: Interpersonal Influences
Part III: Intrapersonal and Self-Related Influences
Part IV: Strategies for Enhancing Subjective Well-Being and Life Satisfaction
Frontiers of Social Psychology is one of the field's most influential and distinguished book series. Each volume provides a rigorous and cutting-edge overview of the most recent theoretical, methodological, and practical developments in a substantive area of social psychology, in greater depth than is possible in general social psychology handbooks. Coverage includes major established topics and new and emerging areas. The Editors and contributors are all internationally renowned scholars, whose work is at the cutting-edge of research.
Scholarly, yet accessible, the volumes in the Frontiers series are an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and practitioners, and are suitable as textbooks in advanced courses in specific sub-areas of social psychology.