Seligman Character Strengths Virtues
Seligman Character Strengths Virtues has become a front-and-center topic in contemporary discourse, but this term does not have a fixed meaning. Character may be simply defined by what someone does not do, but 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?
Character Strengths and Virtues is a book by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman that attempts to present a measure of humanist ideals of virtue in an empirical, rigorously scientific manner. --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?
This groundbreaking handbook of character strengths and virtues 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, humor, and so on-each of which exists in degrees.
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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.
Seligman Character Strengths Virtues: Editorial Reviews
"Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above, especially those interested in positive psychology." --Choice
"Peterson and Seligman's Character Strengths and Virtues adds a needed balance to the psychological literature. Topics such as character and virtue have too long been only in the domains of moral philosophy and politics. This work provides a needed psychological foundation for studying some of the attributes that are most important to a world that is foundering on the shoals of wars, terrorism, and atrocities. I recommend the book very highly."-Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Yale University; Director, Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE Center), Yale University; Past President, American Psychological Association
"Peterson and Seligman's endeavor to focus on human strengths and virtues is one of the most important initiatives in psychology of the past half century. I am pleased to have had the opportunity to make a small contribution to this paradigm-changing effort."-Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Education and Cognition, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"The book helps, in other words, with a coherent conversation about human qualities or character. Perhaps it can ultimately help people to remain 'attached to their values' as well."--Family Medicine
About the Authors
Christopher Peterson is at University of Michigan. Martin E. P. Seligman is at University of Pennsylvania.
Seligman Character Strengths Virtues: Amazon Customer ReviewsNicole Locker
April 25, 2013This book provides so much great insight and detail that has helped me in my coaching practice to help others identify strengths that help them become more successful. Totally worth the money it costs, as you get so much great, helpful information.3 people found this helpfulAspiring Author
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Seligman Character Strengths Virtues: The author makes a good effort in organizing and classifying virtues and character strengths. His results provide a lot of clarity in a subject matter full of subjective opinion and minimal research.2 people found this helpful
January 11, 2009 Seligman Character Strengths VirtuesIn part from the guru of positive psychology, this excellent resource is accessible to not only the "experts in the field" but those who "work the field" like parents and teachers. The strength of this resource is its incredible scholarship; its virtue is its resurgence and renewal of the classic cardinal and theological virtues.What philosophers and theologians have known for thousands of years, the scientific community is finally realizing as they approach the top of the mountain. So as the old adage goes, as the proud scientist climbs the mountain of knowledge, passing the philosopher, he reaches the top only to find the theologian waiting, who says, what took you so long? I say, better late than never.
If you are at all interested in character education, drop your "values-based" materials and purchase this superior resource. Then go read Plato's Republic or Aquinas' Summa.
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