Recomendação de Leitura: Positive Psychology at the Movies 2

A recomendação de leitura deste mês refere-se ao livro "Positive Psychology at the Movies 2", da autoria de Ryan M. Niemiec e Danny Wedding.

A psicologia positiva é considerada um dos principais desenvolvimentos na psicologia moderna. Os filmes são uma ferramenta brilhante para ilustrar conceitos de psicologia positiva, bem como inspirar novas formas de pensar acerca do potencial humano.

Este livro foi pensado para educadores, psicólogos, investigadores e qualquer pessoa em busca de desenvolvimento pessoal. A segunda edição deste livro apresenta cerca de 1500 análises de filmes, dezenas de imagens ilustrativas e dicas práticas de aprendizagem.


  • Section I: Introduction and Background
  • Section II: Character Strengths at the Movies
    • The Virtue of Wisdom and Knowledge
      • Wisdom and Knowledge I: Creativity and Curiosity
      • Wisdom and Knowledge II: Judgement, Love of Learning, and Perspective
    • The Virtue of Courage
      • Courage I: Bravery and Perseverance
      • Courage II: Honesty and Zest
    • The Virtue of Humanity
      • Humanity I: Love
      • Humanity II: Kindness and Social Intelligence
    • The Virtue of Justice
      • Justice: Teamwork, Fairness and Leadership
    • The Virtue of Temperance
      • Temperance: Forgiveness, Humility, Prudence, and Self-Regulation
    • The Virtue of Transcendence
      • Transcendence I: Appreciation of Beauty/Excellence and Gratitude
      • Transcendence II: Hope and Humor
      • Transcendence III: Spirituality
  • Section III: PERMA at the Movies
  • Section IV: Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • References
  • Film Index
  • People Index


"This is the most important book about movies of our times."
Frank Farley, PhD, L. H. Carnell Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, Former President of the American Psychological Association (APA)

"It becomes clear at first glance that the authors have a thorough fundamental understanding of positive psychology, extensive experience in critiquing and evaluating films, and a true passion for uniting the two."
Derrick Carpenter, MAPP, in Positive Psychology News Daily.

"There is so much to learn from this book. Using the model of character strengths and virtues from Positive Psychology, Niemiec and Wedding have developed an outstanding way to view movies and learn about your strengths and virtues."
Andrea T. Goeglein, PhD,

"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. I would see this book as 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. I also could also envisage the whole text used as a university elective in either psychology or education."
Melissa Monfries, PhD, in the Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, Vol. 9, 2009

“After reading and reviewing this book, I find that I no longer have an excuse to avoidincluding this medium of popular culture in my classroom in a more serious and thoroughway… Connecting with students – and connecting students to course material – by watching anddiscussing positive films with them seems like a great idea. This book is a practical andenjoyable guide to good ways to use powerful, engaging movies to explore and understandcharacter and values. We and our students will all benefit from dipping into this fine book.So, pop in the DVD, turn out the lights, and let your heart and mind open up to the positivebenefits of cinema.”
Dana S. Dunn in PsychCRITIQUES

“This book is both accessible and rigorous. Reading it will not only help you better understand the field of positive psychology, it could actually make you happier.”
Prof. Tal Ben Shahar, PhD, author, consultant, and teacher – including the most popular class at Harvard University, Psychology 1504, “Positive Psychology”

“A wonderful example of how positive psychology affords ways to make sense of movies that show what is best about people….This is a good and smart book.”
Prof. Christopher Peterson, PhD, Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

“An encyclopedic, detailed and utterly uplifting visit to the movies. A ground-breaking new look at the role movies can play in enriching our lives, making us stronger, and better. The uses of this book are legion – educational, clinical, personal growth, to name a few, as well as giving the delight of seeing films for the joy but also for much much more. The metaphors and stories we turn to, to illustrate, to illuminate life, are so often from the movies. This book takes positive psychology into our dominant popular art form, and enriches both the psychology and the art. For readers interested in either or both, this is the read of the year.”
Frank Farley, PhD, Former President, American Psychological Association (APA), President, APA Division of Media Psychology

"... a useful and inspiring work... most suitable for students on postgraduate courses in psychology... final-year undergraduates studying clinical or health psychology modules may also find it useful... of use to academics involved in theteaching of positive psychology, particularly as a basis fordeveloping inspiring teaching materials for their students... practitioners might also find this book to be of valuein working with some of their clients..."
David Heathcote, Bournemouth University, in Psychology Learning and Teaching, Vol. 8, 2009

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