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Subject Psychology

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405161251.2009.00002.x


A decade ago, “positive psychology” became a buzz term in academic circles; today it is casually referred to on network television, in magazines, and on-line. Indeed, positive psychology has become a primary focus of scholars in the hallowed halls of universities and a topic of discussion for people on the park benches in downtown America. Though it has become a popular term and field of study, it is hardly a well-understood one. My hope is that the entries in the Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology clarify any misunderstanding and round out your knowledge of what is positive about people and places. The scholarly work that has been done in all corners of the world warrants closer examination by a broader readership. Enjoy learning about positive psychology concepts and principles. And, please do me this one favor … share your newfound knowledge with other people. That would help me realize my purpose for working on this encyclopedia, giving positive psychology away. Shane J. Lopez Omaha, Nebraska ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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