Positive psychology and ‘luck’ experiences.

Smith, Matthew D. and Worth, Piers (2019) Positive psychology and ‘luck’ experiences. In: The Routledge Handbook of Theories of Luck. London. Routledge. Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy . Routledge, London. ISBN 978-08-1536-6591

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As is apparent from the range of perspectives that are being presented in this volume, the concept of ‘luck’ is not an easy one to pin down. With six separate clusters of chapters it is evident there are many views of luck. Even when we focus our attention on how psychologists have worked with the concept of luck, different approaches have highlighted some of the nuances alluded to by Cohen (1960). For example, research has revealed: how people view luck as a cause of an event (e.g., Weiner, 1985); that people often distinguish luck from chance (e.g.,Wagenaar & Keren, 1988); the nature of individual differences in people’s beliefs about luck (e.g., Darke & Freedman, 1997; Smith, 1998), and how people often view events as ‘lucky’ or ‘unlucky’ by comparison to imagined alternatives (e.g., Teigen, 1995).

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Psychology
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2019 11:01
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2020 03:00
URI: https://bnu.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17638

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