Learned Optimism

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Pocket Books, 1998 - Psychology - 319 pages
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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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In general, Martin Seligman's Learned Optimism is about how to change your negative pessimistic thinking patterns into more positive ones. Although some people are born natural grouches (me included ... Read full review

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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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