Positive psychology is currently equated with theory and research on the positive aspects of life. The reality could not be further from the truth. Positive psychology investigates and researches some of the most difficult and painful experiences. Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life is an innovative and groundbreaking textbook that explores a variety of topics we consider to be part of the `dark' side of life while emphasising their role in our positive functioning and transformation as human beings. This more nuanced approach to the notions of `positive' and `negative' can be described as the `second wave' of Positive Psychology.
Positive Psychology is one of the fastest growing and least understood branches of psychology. Exploring topics at the heart of Positive Psychology, such as meaning, resilience, human development, mortality, change, suffering, and spirituality, this book engages with so-called `negative' matters from a Positive Psychology angle, showing how the path of personal development can involve experiences which, while challenging, can lead to growth, insight, healing and transformation.
Containing useful resources, case studies, practical exercises and chapter summaries, Second Wave Positive Psychology is an essential guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying positive psychology, as well as clinicians wanting to know more about the subject. It will also be relevant to the layperson who is interested in positive psychology.
Itai Ivtzan is a positive psychologist, a senior lecturer, and the program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). His research areas are mindfulness meditation, spirituality, and meaning in life. In addition to many journal papers and book chapters, he is the author of several books and the leading editor of "Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The science of Meditation and Wellbeing". Tim Lomas is a lecturer at the University of East London, where he is the associate programme leader for the MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. As well as publishing numerous peer-reviewed papers and books. Kate Hefferon is a chartered psychologist, Senior Lecturer and the Head of the Posttraumatic growth research unit at the University of East London. Her interests lie within the areas of post-traumatic growth, physical activity, health and well-being. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters as well as lead author on popular Positive psychology texts books. Piers Worth is a chartered psychologist, accredited psychotherapist and Head of Academic Department - Psychology for Bucks New University. Piers wrote and leads the Bucks MSc Applied Positive Psychology programme.
Introduction. The Dialectics of Emotion. Positive Development - Our Journey of Growth. The Dark Side of Meaning in Life. Adversity, Resilience, and Transformational Growth. Mortality and Positive Psychology. Wellbeings: Suffering, Compassion, and Interconnectedness. Spirituality - Transcending the Self. The Hero's Journey.