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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.
Chapter 73: Positive Psychology
Positive psychology is the scientific examination of that which makes life worth living. Cutting across traditional boundaries of clinical, social, and developmental psychology, positive psychology examines the nature of happiness, the power of hope, and fundamental human strivings such as the search for meaning. As a subfield of psychology that has received much attention recently, it is particularly fitting to discuss the shape positive psychology may take in the 21st century. We will begin this discussion by providing a brief review of the history of the positive psychology initiative before defining positive psychology as it stands at the beginning of the 21st century. We will then review three areas of positive psychology that have been emphasized in recent years: positive emotions, character ...