Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life ; [with a New Preface]

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Vintage Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Psychology - 319 pages
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Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an “I—give-up” habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, Learned Optimism is both profound and practical–and valuable for every phase of life.

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Overall good advice and easy to read. - Goodreads
I think the author did a poo poo job of writing it. - Goodreads
Good insight...but too technical. - Goodreads
Very helpful information/instructions for a pessimist. - Goodreads
Compelling account of the author's decades of research. - Goodreads
Some interesting insights. - Goodreads

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The theories are well researched and in practice seem to hold true. However, the book is a bit fragmented in its organization. You really have to get to the end to get the picture. Read full review

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Great book. Totally worthwhile read as a parent and for my own use. Provides the research case for learned optimism and simple steps for learning this strategy and teaching it to spouse and kids. I plan to read his next two books too and then try to teach this stuff to my family members. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., the Robert A. Fox Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, works on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethnopolitical conflict, and optimism. Dr. Seligman's work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He is the director of the Positive Psychology Network and scientific director of Foresight, Inc., a testing company that predicts success in various walks of life.

He was for fourteen years the Director of the Clinical Training Program of the University of Pennsylvania and was named a "Distinguished Practitioner" by the National Academies of Practice. In 1995, he received the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's award for "Distinguished Contributions to Science and Practice.

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