Martin Seligman, director of the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center and the father of positive psychology, has created a wonderful site called Authentic Happiness that offers a number of free assessments. Most of the assessments take 30 minutes or less and you receive your results immediately. From the Brief Strengths Test to the Grit Survey and the General Happiness Questionnaire, the site offers a fun way to learn more about yourself and your current level of functioning. (Please keep in mind that these assessments offer a window through which you can view yourself, but that they do not define who you are. You can log back into the site after a lapse of several months and examine how your results vary. Depending on what is happening in your life, you may find greater or lesser amounts of variation.) To learn more click on the following link: www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx
APA: the American Psychological Association, offers information about APA and their mission. The site offers information about publications, research, education, and psychological topics. The APA site can be accessed at: www.apa.org/about/index.aspx
SIOP: the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, Inc., is an organization that serves I/O psychologists by addressing workplace issues that confront individuals and businesses. The site offers information on publications, jobs, services, meetings, and serves students, educators and professionals. SIOP is a division of the American Psychological Association and an organizational affiliate of the Association of Psychological Sciences and can be found at: www.siop.org
The excellent 11. Clark, R. (2004). New York: Hyperion.
The shadow effect: Illuminating the hidden power of your true self. Chopra, D., Ford, D., & Williamson, M. (2010). New York: Harper Collins. The author discusses those aspects of ourselves that we dislike and often try to run from. He talks of the power of accepting all parts of ourselves and how, by accepting our ‘shadow self’ we are able to move forward.
Flourishing: Positive psychology and the life well-lived. Keyes, C. L., & Haidt, J. (2003). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. This is an excellent book that is research based and offers insight as to ways you can move forward based on your strengths.
Heroic leadership. Lowney, C. (2003). Chicago, IL: Loyola Press. Based on the leadership style of the Jesuits, this book is written by a man who lived among them for much of his life. The emphasis goes beyond the usual leadership talk and explores softer leadership skills such as compassion.
Wheels down: Adjusting to life after deployment. Moore, B. A., & Kennedy, C. H. (2011). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Great book that investigates what it is like for vets and their families after returning from overseas deployment.
Flawless execution. Murphy, J. D. (2005). New York, NY: HarperCollins. This book is written by a former F-15 fighter pilot and he bases his work with businesses on his life in the military.
What got you here won’t get you there. Goldsmith, M. (2007). New York, NY: Hyperion Books. Discusses the reality that different skills are needed to move from one level to the next.
Executive wisdom. Kilburg, R. R. (2006). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Kilburg is a leader in understanding leadership performance.
A psychology of human strengths. Aspinwall, L. G., & Staudinger, U. M. (2003). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. An indepth exploration of the future of positive psychology.
Succeeding when you’re supposed to fail. Brafman, R. (2011). New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group. Why and how some people overcome amazing odds in order to succeed.
The (honest) truth about dishonesty. Ariely, D. (2012). New York, NY: HarperCollins. Discusses and backs up with research the ways that people are dishonest, why they tend to be that way and what can increase or decrease the dishonesty.