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About two-thirds of this book is a psychological discussion of pessimism, optimism, learned helplessness (giving up because you feel unable to change things), explanatory style (how you habitually explain to yourself why events happen), and depression, and how these affect success, health, and quality of life. Seligman supports his points with animal research and human cases. He includes tests for you and your child--whose achievement may be related more to his or her level of optimism/pessimism than ability. The final chapters teach the skills of changing from pessimism to optimism, with worksheet pages to guide you and your child. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Martin Seligman helps connect the dots between pessimism and depression, showing how our internal thoughts can create "walls. Read morePublished 1 day ago by AzCroat
Very helpful to change a person's attitudes. Highly recommend it,Published 2 days ago by Christine A. Eckert
I couldn't get into this book... at all...so much rambling and detail. Just found it to be boring, guess that's being pessimistic!Published 7 days ago by Sandi
learn how too live a better life with the switch to optimistic views!
learn that health it's also impacted by pessimism and how to avoid it.
I think this book is just stupid. Being an 'optimist' is just another extreme, just like being a 'pessimist'. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Skinchanger2
This book is a must read for anyone. It gives us insight into the human behavior that helps us to understand ourselves, but more importantly, others. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Bearj Jehanian
very good book. simple and vital truths about curing depression. I recommend it to the individual in terms of fixing ones life at home and at work.Published 1 month ago by hubert olszewski
I very much enjoyed this book - I found the initial chapters fascinating and the final chapters personally very helpfulPublished 1 month ago by Amy Enright