Learned Optimism

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Pocket Books, 1998 - Psychology - 319 pages
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You can significantly improve your life -- startingtoday-- with the power of

Learned Optimism

In this groundbreaking national bestseller, Martin E.P. Seligman shows you how to chart a new approach to living with "flexible optimism." Drawing from more than twenty years of clinical research, Dr. Seligman outlines easy-to-follow techniques that have helped thousands of people rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts and build a life of rewards and lasting happiness.Learned Optimismshows you 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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User Review  - AshRyan - LibraryThing

Learned Optimism is exactly what it sounds like. Dr. Seligman teaches you how to identify your explanatory style in positive or negative situations---how you explain them to yourself---and identifies ... Read full review

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User Review  - stacy_chambers - LibraryThing

I learned, in reading this book, that I am a pessimist. This came as news to me, since I'd always thought of myself as an optimist. But optimism - at least not as Seligman defines it - is not a soft ... Read full review

Contents

Two Ways of Looking at Life
3
Learning to Be Helpless
17
Explaining Misfortune
31
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About the author (1998)

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a past president of the American Psychological Association, is a leading motivational expert and an authority on learned helplessness. His many books include Authentic Happiness and The Optimistic Child. Dr. Seligman¹s research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

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