How to Hope



What is "hope?" How do the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours of higher hope individuals differ from those of their lower hope peers? What different outcomes do these two groups experience and what contribution does hope appear to make to them? These are some of the questions addressed in this book. Using grounded theory methodology, Dr. Alexander has produced an inductively-derived model of hope comprising five themes: 1) The Initiating Context involving perceptions of challenge and uncertainty; 2) Temporal Comparisons concerning imagining a desired future, being dissatisfied with the present, and drawing on past lessons; 3) Developing Strategies including setting goals based on values, planning, and taking action; 4) Drawing on Personal and Social Resources; and 5) an Openness and Flexibility about Outcomes that includes benefit-finding. Investigating hope from an interdisciplinary perspective by drawing on understanding expressed in philosophical, theological, psychiatric, nursing, psychological and "lay" literatures, Dr. Alexander has lifted the veil on the complex yet vital human resource we call "hope."

Product Details

VDM Verlag
Publish Date
December 10, 2008
6.0 X 0.56 X 9.0 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. She has published numerous books of poems, including American Sublime (2005), which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize; a young adult collection (coauthored with Marilyn Nelson), Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color, which won a 2008 Connecticut Book Award; and, most recently, Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010. She teaches at Yale University, and this is her first picture book.