The maturing of positive psychology and the emergence of PP 2.0: A book review of Positive Psychology (3rd ed.) by William Compton and Edward Hoffman

Paul T. P. Wong


Compton and Hoffman’s third edition of Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Flourishing is commended for advocating an inclusive positive psychology that not only honours the rich humanistic heritage and the major contributions from mainstream psychology, but also recognizes the two emerging trends within what has become known as PP 2.0. The first is the recognition that suffering and vulnerability provide the foundation for building a solid existential positive psychology of flourishing that can endure the inevitable vicissitudes of life. The second trend is the importance of indigenous positive psychology, especially Eastern psychological systems that offer viable insights and hypotheses about the nature of the self and ultimate happiness.


positive psychology, existential positive psychology, second wave positive psychology, indigenous psychology, happiness, flourishing

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