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Average to A+: Realising strengths in yourself and others

In Average to A+, psychologist Professor Alex Linley examines how identifying our strengths can lead to happier, more productive lives.

Average to A+: Realising strengths in yourself and others

'In the current economic climate, with people losing their jobs and needing to discover or reinvent themselves, the strengths message is all the more important.'

Issued on 13 January 2009

Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and founder of the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology, Alex Linley has published a new book on positive psychology that has been received enthusiastically both by the general public and academics.

Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others has been acclaimed by Amazon readers as ‘taking science and bringing it to life’, ‘inspired’, ‘a must have’ and a ‘next step for anyone interested in strengths as a science’.

Who wants to be average? Nobody does, and yet few of us know our strengths clearly, or know how to make the most of them. Until now. Average to A+ is the seminal volume for identifying and maximising our strengths. Written by an international thought leader in the field, Average to A+ presents the state of the art understanding of strengths, including their evolutionary origins and what this means for us in modern times; the golden mean for optimal strengths use; the royal roads to identifying strengths in ourselves and in other people; and how we can make the most of strengths in ourselves, in our children, and at work. Throughout the book, you will see how using strengths is the smallest thing that makes the biggest difference. Average to A+ represents the cutting edge of the strengths approach, and is the standard bearer for the realisation of human strengths and human possibility.

“With this book I wanted to bring strengths to life and make them accessible for people everywhere. All of us have strengths, but it’s a real tragedy that we don’t recognise and use them more. That is what I wanted to change in writing this book. If people feel better equipped to identify their strengths, and to use and develop them so that they lead happier, more productive lives, then I will have achieved my aim. In the current economic climate, with people losing their jobs and needing to discover or reinvent themselves, the strengths message is all the more important. Knowing what makes you unique and being able to apply this to your work and life provides people with a more positive way forward for the future.”

Professor Alex Linley

Alex Linley is a psychologist and social entrepreneur. After time spent working first in business and then in academia, in 2005 Alex founded the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) (www.cappeu.org), where he is now Director.

CAPP is a social business, registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, and is focused on the applications of strengths in organisations and schools. CAPP’s profits are reinvested in its mission of Strengthening the World, a mission which is also supported through the charitable works of The Strengths Project, of which Alex is a Founding Trustee.

Alex holds the position of Visiting Professor in Psychology at the University of Leicester. Also a graduate of the University, he achieved a first-class honours degree in psychology and won the Sluckin Prize. He subsequently worked in the School of Psychology there for three years.

He has delivered keynote presentations on strengths and positive psychology throughout Europe and the Middle East, and in the Caribbean, the United States, and India.

He has written, co-written, or edited more than 80 research papers and book chapters, and four books, including Positive Psychology in Practice (Wiley, 2004) and Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others (CAPP Press, 2008). He is an Associate Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Positive Psychology and the Journal of Positive Psychology, as well as Co-Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review, and a regular reviewer for a number of journals, publishers, and grant awarding bodies.

Average to A+: Realising Strengths in Yourself and Others is available from www.cappeu.org or from www.amazon.co.uk, price £11.99.

Notes to Editors: For more information on this please contact Professor Alex Linley, CAPP Director and visiting Professor at the University of Leicester, tel +44 (0) 2476 323363

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