Movies are a powerful and enjoyable medium for learning. Positive Psychology At The Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths shows exactly how to use film to learn about the concepts and the real-life benefits of positive psychology, both for self-improvement and in classes or seminars. Positive psychology is a science concerned with strengths and virtues, particularly those that lead to fulfillment, connectedness, and meaning in life.
Drawing on the authors vast experience of teaching, movie discussion groups, and with patients, Positive Psychology at the Movies combines research-based advice on how to improve life and flourish with clear explanations of the scientific background using movies to exemplify, illuminate, and inspire.
Positive Psychology at the Movies is an engaging read. As well as providing a plethora of ideas for educating students about values, it also stimulates intellectually and would inspire anyone with an interest in films to compile a list of must-see movies. This book is a useful teaching tool for many university courses. Each chapter can be read on its own.
The significance of the movies for the particular strength is linked with a clear synopsis of relevant themes and characters. It provides an engaging perspective on how to teach values education. It includes scholarly research to explain the nature and development of strengths and virtues and provides an extensive list of films that can be used to consolidate learning around the concept of positive psychology.
Authors: Ryan M. Niemiec, Danny Wedding
Year of Release: 2008