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Designing Positive PsychologyTaking Stock and Moving Forward$
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Kennon M. Sheldon, Todd B. Kashdan, and Michael F. Steger

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373585

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.001.0001

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Finding Positive Value in Human Consciousness

Finding Positive Value in Human Consciousness

Conscious Thought Serves Participation in Society and Culture

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(p.175) 12 Finding Positive Value in Human Consciousness
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Designing Positive Psychology
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E. J. Masicampo

Roy F. Baumeister

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373585.003.0012

Thoughts and ideas figure prominently in human experience and behavior. It is around them that people plan their lives, and the ability to process them is a uniquely human trait. This chapter highlights the importance of researching this unique capacity, which is referred to as conscious thought. It argues that conscious thought enables the processing of information outside of the immediate environment so as to help people adapt to society and culture.

Keywords:   human experience, conscious thought, social psychology, adaptation

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