Character Strengths and Virtues (Christopher Peterson & Martin E. Seligman)

Character Strengths and Virtues (Christopher Peterson & Martin E. Seligman)

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This ground-breaking handbook of human strengths and virtues has undertaken a systematic classification and measurement of universal strengths and virtues.

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“Character” has become a front-and-centre topic in contemporary discourse, and yet the term does not have a fixed meaning. While ‘character’ may be simply defined by what someone does not do, a more active and thorough definition is necessary, one that addresses certain vital questions. Is character a singular characteristic of an individual, or is it composed of different aspects? Does character–however we define it–exist in degrees, or is it simply something one happens to have? How can character be developed? Can it be learned? Relatedly, can it be taught, and who might be the most effective teacher? What roles are played by family, schools, the media, religion, and the larger culture?

Character Strengths and Virtues by Christopher Peterson & Martin E. Seligman is a ground-breaking handbook of character strengths and virtues, and is the first progress report from a prestigious group of researchers who have undertaken the systematic classification and measurement of widely valued positive traits. They approach good character in terms of separate strengths-authenticity, persistence, kindness, gratitude, hope, humour, and so on-each of which exists in degrees.

Character Strengths and Virtues classifies twenty-four specific strengths under six broad virtues that consistently emerge across history and culture: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each strength is thoroughly examined in its own chapter, with special attention to its meaning, explanation, measurement, causes, correlates, consequences, and development across the life span, as well as to strategies for its deliberate cultivation. This book demands the attention of anyone interested in psychology and what it can teach about the good life.

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Weight1.7 kg
Dimensions28 × 19 × 4.5 cm
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