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Paper 4.4 (B): Positive Psychology

Unit Contents Teaching Hrs. Domain
1 Foundations of Positive Psychology

Historical background, positive constructs in psychology

Defining and measuring happiness, determinants of happiness,

Introducing character strengths and values,

Subjective well-being, mental illness to positive growth

Positive psychology and spirituality

Positive psychology and clinical disorders

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2 Emotional and Cognitive approaches to Positive Psychology

Emotional – Emotional Intelligence, Positive emotions – broaden and build theory

Flow, Grit, Resilience

Cognitive – Hope, Optimism, Creativity

Wisdom, Mindfulness, Self-efficacy

Resilience and clinical disorders

Mindfulness based stress reduction

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3 Self and Interpersonal approaches to Positive Psychology

Self – Authenticity, Humility, Playfulness

Interpersonal – Love, Kindness, Gratitude,

Forgiveness, Altruism, Empathy, Fairness, Compassion

Positive workplaces, positive education, positive parenting

Positive psychology in religious texts

Animal studies on altruism and empathy

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Syllabus Books:

  1. Snyder, C.R. & Lopez, S.J. (Eds.). (2002). Handbook of Positive Psychology. Oxford University Press. New York.
  2. Lomas, T., Hefferon, K., &Ivtzan, I. (2014). Applied positive psychology: Integrated positive practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Reference Books:

  1. Seligman, M. E., Rashid, T., & Parks, A. C. (2006). Positive psychotherapy. American Psychologist61(8), 774-788.
  2. Schueller, S., & Parks, A. C. (2014). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of positive psychological interventions. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons.
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