Examines the interplay of positive and negative influences on human behavior from a variety of perspectives. This book examines several prosocial emotions, such as compassionate love, gratitude, generosity, and forgiveness, showing how these arise in individuals and groups and how they can be fostered.
Through a series of case studies, the author explores the paradoxical relationship between creativity and self-destruction. Creativity and suicide, he argues, are both avenues to the resolution of personal catastrophes, with the door to suicide becoming unlocked when creativity's restitutive powers fail.
In recent times there has been growing interest in positive psychology as evidenced by the swell in positive psychology graduate programs, undergraduate courses, journals related to the topic, popular book titles on the topic and scholarly publications.