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Pursuing Human Strengths


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CHAPTER 1.- The Why of Human Behavior.- Human Freedom.- Human Limits.- Initiative and Human Values.- Overview of Positive Psychology.- CHAPTER 2.- Love.- Attachment.- Exploring Love.- Building Close Relationships.- CHAPTER 3.- Empathy.- Seeing and Feeling from Another's Perspective.- Dangers of Snap Judgments.- Forgiveness.- Cultivating Empathy.- CHAPTER 4.- Self-control.- Power of Immediate Rewards.- Controlling Our Internal States.- Fostering Self-Control.- CHAPTER 5.- Wisdom.- Emotional Intelligence.- Successful Intelligence.- Understanding Wisdom.- Learning Wisdom.- CHAPTER 6.- Commitment.- Strivings.- Commitment in Our Strivings.- Fostering Commitment.- CHAPTER 7.- Happiness.- Assessing Happiness.- Satisfying Life Experiences.- Pursuing Happiness.- CHAPTER 8.- Self-respect and humility.- Self-Concept.- Self-Esteem.- Humility.- Practicing Self-Forgetfulness.- CHAPTER 9.- Hope.- Optimism.- Exploring Hope.- Fostering Hope.- CHAPTER 10.- Friendship and social support.- Functions of Friendship.- Features of Friendship.- Forming Friendships.- CHAPTER 11.- Epilogue: meaning and flourishing life is pretty meaningful.- flourishing in the future.

About the Author

Dana S. Dunn is Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean for Special Projects at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. He earned his PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of Virginia and his BA in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.

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