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This quantity units out a study schedule for the medical examine of human strengths. students in various psychology fields have every one directed their recognition to confident psychology and targeted their paintings via a lens of human strengths. the result of their findings are meant to supply a forward-looking discussion board for the dialogue of the aim, pitfalls, and way forward for the psychology of human strengths. The booklet comprises exciting and various commentaries on historic and modern learn on human strengths. it may be of curiosity for these trying to find new methods of wondering such themes as intelligence, judgment, volition, social behaviour, shut relationships, improvement, getting older, and future health in addition to functions to psychotherapy, schooling, organizational psychology, gender, politics, creativity, and different nation-states of existence.
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Similarly, we may miss a great deal about adaptive human behavior by looking for temporal stability in behavior aggregated over periods in a person's life. That is, by focusing on stable aspects of personality rather than malleable ones, perhaps the individual's novel re sponses to opportunities are overlooked (Cantor, Zirkel, & Norem, 1 993; Helson, Mitchell, & Moane, 1 984). , Stewart & Healy, 1 989). This feature has many aspects to it, some of which are captured by the emphasis on cross-situational consistency and temporal stability.
The "swinging pendulum" approach can be avoided by centering research on human strengths within an integrated, comprehensive model of the person. PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY'S MODELS OF THE PERSON The subdiscipline of psychology that is most directly charged with providing a model of the person is personality psychology. A basic claim of this chapter is that recent advances in personality psychology (Caprara & Cervone, 2000) do, indeed, yield a comprehensive portrait of the in dividual that can inform, and profitably guide, a psychology of human strengths.
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