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Great Days at Work: How Positive Psychology can Transform Your Working Life
Great Days at Work: How Positive Psychology can Transform Your Working Life
Price: 9.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible miasma of business, psychology and support! Fantastic!, 22 Jan 2014
I have had the pleasure of working with Suzanne on our MSc Applied Positive Psychology course. This is an incredible book. Grounded in some seriously academic references, it mixes day to day practice in business and coaching with Psychology and well being research. It is throughly easy to read and suggests ideas for coping, stress management and career progression amongst others, in a very subtle and non patronising way (which I have found rare in this genre).

Being from a background in inner city secondary education and now lecturing I was able to access the book and find it very useful. I can highly recommend this to any educator, business or young professional. Positive Failure: Understand how embracing failure is a tool for development


The Learner's Toolkit: Developing Emotional Intelligence, Instilling Values for Life, Creating Independent Learners and Supporting the SEAL Framework ... the SEAL Framework for Secondary Schools
The Learner's Toolkit: Developing Emotional Intelligence, Instilling Values for Life, Creating Independent Learners and Supporting the SEAL Framework ... the SEAL Framework for Secondary Schools
by Jackie Beere
Edition: Paperback
Price: 29.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A different point of view. The dangers of SEAL and EQ., 2 Jun 2013
Length:: 3:03 Mins

So much hard work, experience, skill and dedication has gone into this. I applaud both Jackie and Ian. Some great strategies and techniques.

Unfortunately there is now not only evidence that SEAL makes very little impact but that teaching and promoting self-esteem in the classroom tends of creates narcissistic behaviour. Also developing emotional intelligence too early can cause havoc.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) has a very important place in learning, leadership and inspiration.

The attached video is my interview on BBC radio presenting the anti-SEAL argument. I urge any educators or more importantly parents, before diving into using SEAL, emotional intelligence coaching/techniques to research the academia behind it or read my book Positive Failure - about how there is such a lack of positive failure and struggle (particularly amongst teenagers in the UK). I am happy to answer any questions and can be found on twitter -
@Alastair_Arnott

Other great books about this subject are:

Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--And More Miserable Than Ever Before

The Scots' Crisis of Confidence

The High Price of Materialism

The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement


Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--And More Miserable Than Ever Before
Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--And More Miserable Than Ever Before
by Jean M. Twenge
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Do we need Generation Positive Failure?, 2 Jun 2013
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Jean Twenge manages to give across a rock solid argument for why some youngsters feel they are so 'entitled'. For additional reading please see Carol Craig.

Perhaps whats needed here is failure in school? Failure, early on in a secure environment to build up children's resilience?

Our children are failing to learn because they haven't learnt how to fail. They are more confident, more individual and more vulnerable than they ever have been. When they don't know what to do, they crumble. Do they have the resilience necessary to secure the job or career they want? They are labeled as bright, dim, clever or stupid at younger and younger ages. The IQ test continues to be the basis for the 11+ exam in the UK and is over 100 years old. Can you imagine if medicine, technology or science still used instruments and measurements from 100 years ago?

Can we reverse this? I think we can. I introduce the theory of positive and negative failure. Positive failure in its simplest form is a dose of failure that is similar to a vaccination process. The process of vaccination is not pleasant. I argue that the theory of positive failure mirrors the patterns of Edward Genner's smallpox vaccine and functions within the same paradigm.

In a world of mandatory success, I argue that success can breed contempt and positive failure breeds progression. To distinguish between the two types of failure, I offer this definition:

Positive failure: is failure after appropriate investment that leads to further learning or development.

Negative failure: is failure after inappropriate investment that stunts further progress or development.

Conducive to positive failure are appropriately supportive and forgiving relationships in an unforgiving environment. The more realistic and tangible the challenge or standard, the more likely it is for positive failure to occur.

I argue that negative failure adversely effects self-esteem and resilience. Positive failure does not adversely affect self-esteem, but strengthens and builds it. For positive failure to yield the best results, I suggest the following preconditions are important.

Pre-conditions for positive failure: acceptance of ones own vulnerability, having a growth mindset and embracing imperfection.

Pre-conditions for negative failure: defiance of ones own vulnerability, having a fixed mindset and embracing perfectionism.

Rather than trying to live up to a perfectionalist idea of yourself, which is projected by someone else, why not embrace our own strengths, our own failures and our own weaknesses. I encourage us to see failure as a gift, as an irreplaceable source of laughter, art, individuality, creativity and change.

@Alastair_Arnott Positive Failure


The High Price of Materialism
The High Price of Materialism
by Tim Kasser
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent case against Materialism, 2 Jun 2013
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Tim Kasser writes beautifully, giving a strong case against the materialistic and narcissistic culture that we in the west often find ourselves embroiled in. If you ever get a chance to see him speak then I recommend taking it up. A brilliant look at the dangers of nurturing high self esteem.
@Alastair_Arnott Positive Failure


Positive Psychology in a Nutshell: A Balanced Introduction to the Science of Optimal Functioning (second edition)
Positive Psychology in a Nutshell: A Balanced Introduction to the Science of Optimal Functioning (second edition)
by Ilona Boniwell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read introduction to Positive Psychology, 2 Jun 2013
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Ilona is a charismatic and rigorous person who has transferred this into her writing. Anyone studying or even just interested in positive psychology and not sure where to start ...this is where!

Her simple way of writing brings complex studies to light and makes the subject easy to digest inspiring further reading.

@Alastair_Arnott Positive Failure


Handbook of Positive Psychology
Handbook of Positive Psychology
by C. R. Snyder
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A detailed and in depth look at Positive Psychology, 2 Jun 2013
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Anyone who is going to study Positve Psychology needs this book. Although expensive it is well worth it and after completing an MSc in it at the University of East London, I referred to this book after most lectures.
@Alastair_Arnott Positive Failure


Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations
Positive Psychology at Work: How Positive Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry Create Inspiring Organizations
by Sarah Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 27.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Positive Psychology in the workplace., 27 May 2013
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Length:: 3:18 Mins

Sarah Lewis explores the facets of Positive Psychology that relate to the world of work. This book is extremely well researched and was a key component in my research for my own theory.

The most interesting part of the book for me is the practical applications of appreciative inquiry in different organisations such as the LCES system used in firefighting.
I can thoroughly recommend this to anyone in the world of education and positive psychology. The quirky and entertaining drawings are well placed and entertaining.

@Alastair_Arnott
Positive Failure


Raise Your Game: How to build on your successes to achieve transformational results
Raise Your Game: How to build on your successes to achieve transformational results
by Suzanne Hazelton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent combination of psychology and success!, 27 May 2013
I have worked with Suzanne at The University of East London on the MAPP program.
Her approach is refreshing and unique. She utilises her academic and practical experience well and combining such tools as NLP and the MBTI approach is brilliant. A fantastic read!

@Alastair_Arnott

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