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Well-Being: Foundations of Hedonic Psychology Paperback – 13 February 2003
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The nature of well-being is one of the most enduring and elusive subjects of human inquiry. Well-Being draws upon the latest scientific research to transform our understanding of this ancient question. With contributions from leading authorities in psychology, social psychology, and neuroscience, this volume presents the definitive account of current scientific efforts to understand human pleasure and pain, contentment and despair. The distinguished contributors to this volume combine a rigorous analysis of human sensations, emotions, and moods with a broad assessment of the many factors, from heredity to nationality, that bear on our well-being. Using the tools of experimental science, the contributors confront the puzzles of human likes and dislikes. Why do we grow accustomed and desensitized to changes in our lives, both good and bad? Does our happiness reflect the circumstances of our lives or is it determined by our temperament and personality? Why do humans acquire tastes for sensations that are initially painful or unpleasant? By examining the roots of our everyday likes and dislikes, the book also sheds light on some of the more extreme examples of attraction and aversion, such as addiction and depression. Among its wide ranging inquiries, Well-Being examines systematic differences in moods and behaviors between genders, explaining why women suffer higher rates of depression and anxiety than men, but are also more inclined to express positive emotions. The book also makes international comparisons, finding that some countries' populations report higher levels of happiness than others. The contributors deploy an array of methods, from the surveys and questionnaires of social science to psychological and physiological experiments, to develop a comprehensive new approach to the study of well-being. They show how the sensory pleasures of the body can tells us something about the higher pleasures of the mind and even how the effectiveness of our immune system can depend upon the health of our social relationships.
About the Author
DANIEL KAHNEMAN is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and professor of public affairs at Princeton University. ED DIENER is professor of psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. NORBERT SCHWARZ is professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and senior research scientist at the Survey Research Center and the Research Center for Group Dynamics of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.
- Publisher : Russell Sage Foundation (13 February 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 605 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0871544237
- ISBN-13 : 978-0871544230
- Dimensions : 19.05 x 3.56 x 25.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 546,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Assez arduReviewed in France on 29 March 2014
Fort complet, ce volume fait la synthèse des derniers développements concernant l'étude du bien-être subjectif. Il est basé sur une revue de la plupart des études qui ont été faites sur le sujet en psychologie, mais aussi en physiologie. Définitions, mesures, recherches récentes et principaux résultats de ces recherches sont passés en revue et discutés. C'est plutôt un livre pour spécialistes, car c'est assez ardu et très technique. Rien que l'épaisseur du volume rebute un peu, mais on peut lire les chapitres individuellement, selon ses intérêts. A quelqu'un cherchant un livre plus accessible, plus "grand public", je conseillerais plutôt Qu'est-ce qui nous rend vraiment heureux ? de Sonja Lyubomirsky. En aglais: The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does .
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Daniel Kahneman is one of the world's most interesting thinkersReviewed in Germany on 11 September 2015
The book, which I not only used for my phd-thesis is brilliant. It explains so much of human behavior that I can recommend it to all who are interested in figuring out the fundamentals and details of Well-Being.
The definitive work in history thus farReviewed in the United States on 3 February 2013
Kahneman and coauthors' Well Being is the first comprehensive review of the scientific research on human happiness. This subject could not be more important to almost everyone. The book's length, diversity and depth of analysis present both a challenge and a stellar opportunity to anyone who is intensely interested in happiness and who has the behavioral science education and experience required to read through it with understanding.
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