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GSSO 199.07 Concepts in Positive Psychology (N.Fitzpatrick): Getting Started

Positive psychology is "the study of the processes and conditions that contribute to optimal functioning and flourishing in human beings... positive experiences, positive traits, positive communities...positive emotions." (ENCY OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY)

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Issues of The Journal of Positive Psychology from 1997 to date are available to Pepperdine through the Taylor & Francis Social Science & Humanities Library

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Elizabeth Parang
Pepperdine University Libraries
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Malibu, CA 90263

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Course Description

This seminar will explore concepts in positive psychology.  Students will be challenged to think critically about the research in this area, as well as their own subjective experience.  Students will increase their knowledge and experience of positive psychology in everyday life.