Learned Optimism

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Random House Australia, May 2, 2011 - Self-Help - 336 pages
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Learned Optimism shows us how to stop automatically assuming guilt, how to get out of the habit of seeing the direst possible implications in every setback, and how to be optimistic. With concrete examples, Dr Seligman documents the effects of optimism on the quality of life, provides tests to determine the degree of our negative and positive orientation, and offers a program of specific exercises to help break the habit of pessimism and learn the habit of optimism for both ourselves and our children. Learn how to: Recognize your "explanatory style" - what to say to yourself when you experience set-backs and how it influences your life. Boost your mood and your immune system with healthful thoughts. Help your children to practice the thought patterns that encourage optimism. Break the "I-give-up" habit with Dr. Seligman's ABC techniques. Change your interior dialogue and experience the astonishing positive results.

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Good insight...but too technical. - Goodreads
I think the author did a poo poo job of writing it. - Goodreads
great author and gives some useful tips - Goodreads
Compelling account of the author's decades of research. - Goodreads
The instructions are simple and clear, and easy to use. - Goodreads
Some interesting insights. - Goodreads

Review: Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

User Review  - Frank - Goodreads

As the others on Goodreads have written, much of this book's content is CBT. And much of this book's content is filler. But, I love Seligman's writing style that I have given this book 4 stars. Once ... Read full review

Review: Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

User Review  - Bob - Goodreads

Good book for learning a kind of mental hygiene or tune-up on thought reactions to adversarial events. Primary concepts about how thinking adjustments affect sense of well-being. Describes cognitive ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Pyschology and the Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his 20 books are Learned Optimism, What You Can Change and What You Can't, The Optimisitc Child and Authentic Happiness. His books have been translated into 25 languages and he regularly tours Australia.

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