References from AST book

FROM PAGES 9 & 10 of Articulating Strengths Together (AST): An Interactive Process to Enhance Positivity,

     (Forster, J. R.  Center for Dependable Strengths, Seattle, WA:  Available from

1.Forster, J. R. (2003). “Bernard Haldane was ahead of his time,” in a special issue: The Influence of Bernard Haldane. (Edited by K. Duttro). Career Planning & Adult Development Journal, 19:3, 28-38.

2.Haldane, B. (1996). Career satisfaction and success: A guide to job and personal freedom.  Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, Inc.

3. Forster, J. R. (2005). A summary of selected positive psychology literature supporting strengths articulation, A paper presented at the 16th International Congress of the Psychology of Personal Constructs. Columbus, OH. July 19, 2005. (Internet access address:  <www.>)

4. Seligman, M. E. (2002). Authentic happiness. NY: Free Press.

5.Two books published in 2008 describe numerous studies that support interventions leading to increased focus on positivity and happiness. One book is: Lyubomirsky, S. (2008), The how of happiness. NY: Penguin Press; The other book is: Diener, E., & Biswas-Diener, R.  (2008), Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth. Oxford: Blackwell Publications;                

The most comprehensive body of evidence that positive psychology interventions significantly enhance well-being and decrease depressive symptoms can be found in the following article: Sin, N.L. & Lyuboirsky, S. (2009). “Enhancing well-being and alleviating depressive symptoms with positive psychology interventions: A practice-friendly meta-analysis.” Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. 65(5), 487-487.

6.Carr, A. (2004). Positive psychology: The science of happiness and human strengths. NY: Brunner-Routledge.

7.Fredrickson, B. (2009). Positivity. NY: Crown Publishers.

8.Emmons, R. A. (2007). THANKS! How the new science of gratitude can make you happier. NY: Houghton Mifflin.

9.Scheier, M. F., Carver, C. S., & Bridges, M. W. (2001). Optimism, pessimism, and psychological well-being. In E. C. Chang (Ed.), Optimism and pessimism: Implications for theory, research, and practice. (pp 189-216. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

10.Snyder, C. R., & Lopez, S. J. (2007). Positive psychology: The scientific and practical explorations of human strengths, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

11.Evidence of the benefits of optimism, hope, and positive perspectives can be found in each of the books cited above. These benefits show up in measures of health and longevity, as well as success at work, in schools, and in organizations where people work together for desired outcomes.

12.Fredrickson, B. L. (2003). “Positive emotions and upward spirals in organizations,” In Cameron, K. S., Dutton, J. E., & Quinn, R. E. (Eds.) Positive organizational scholarship: Foundations of a new discipline. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.  Similar results are reported in: Dutton, J. E. (2003). Energize your workplace: How to create and sustain high-quality connections at work. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

13.Clifton, D. O. & Harter, J. K. (2003). “Investing in strengths,” In Cameron, K. S., Dutton, J. E., & Quinn, R. E. eds., Positive organizational scholarship: Foundations of a new discipline. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

14.Fredrickson, B. L. & Losada, M. F. (2005). “Positive affect and the complex dynamics of human flourishing.” American Psychologist 60: 678-86.

15.Gottman, J. M. (1994). What predicts divorce? The relationship between marital processes and marital outcomes. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

16.Buckingham, M. & Clifton, D. O. (2001). Now, discover your strengths. NY: The Free Press.

17.Rath, T. (2007). Strengths Finder 2.0, New York City: Gallup Press.

18.Peterson, C. & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Character strengths and virtues: A handbook and classification. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

  1. 19.Centre of Applied Positive Psychology. (2009). Realise2

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