Personal Peacefulness

Psychological Perspectives

  • Gregory K. Sims
  • Linden L. Nelson
  • Mindy R. Puopolo

Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS, volume 20)

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About this book


Personal Peacefulness examines the existing theories and knowledge about the peacefulness of individuals, including inner peace, interpersonal peacefulness, and peaceful attitudes towards groups and nations. It uses the term “personal peacefulness” to refer to the peaceful states, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals, and it discusses the phenomena and determinants of personal peacefulness in the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intergroup domains. Also addressed is the relationship between personal peacefulness and well-being, describing various methods for enhancing the peacefulness of individuals. Within the framework of a scholarly and scientific approach to the study of personal peacefulness, various psychological perspectives are represented: personality, social, clinical, and positive psychology perspectives, peacefulness as nonviolence, attachment theory and the development of affect regulation, a human needs theory approach, Buddhist conceptions of compassion and mindfulness, a natural science perspective describing physiological foundations for personal peacefulness, phenomenological perspectives, and peacefulness as the promotion of conflict resolution. The book is an important resource for scholars, researchers, and educators in psychology, political science and in a variety of other areas who study and teach topics such as empathy, prosocial behavior, personality, psychological well-being, mental health, personal development, peace and conflict and conflict resolution.


developmental psychology and peacefulness early attachment methods inner conflict resolution peaceful personality personal peacefulness positive psychology and peace

Editors and affiliations

  • Gregory K. Sims
    • 1
  • Linden L. Nelson
    • 2
  • Mindy R. Puopolo
    • 3
  1. 1.San Luis ObispoUSA
  2. 2.California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA
  3. 3.California Lutheran UniversityThousand OaksUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-9365-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-9366-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-5779
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-5787
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