The Science of Optimism and Hope: Research Essays in Honor of Martin E.P. Seligman

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Templeton Foundation Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 445 pages
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Optimism and hope are not random feelings; they can be conscious choices. Martin E.P. Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of the world's leading authorities on learned helplessness and its relation to optimism and hope. In recognition of his contribution to the field, the John Templeton Foundation hosted a symposium to honor his work and to document its tremendous influence on the world of psychological research. This volume brings together eminent psychologists and professionals whose work has been greatly influenced by Seligman's innovative approach. The contributors focus on several concepts related to optimism and hope including expectancies, explantatory style, goal setting, future mindedness, control, and choice. They address the areas of optimism and well-being in individuals, neurobiology of optimism, psychological resilience, physical health, promoting optimism and hope, and optimism in families, faith, and cutlures. - Back cover.

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Gillham is a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania, and co-director of The Penn Resiliency Project.

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