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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.
Most "self-help" books have anecdotal evidence at best to support their hypotheses.
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman, is a book that will help you overcome your pessimistic lifestyle.
I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with their own emotional issues or helping others with their own.
This was a good book that not only offers practical advice for changing your learned thought processes but also cites specific studies that report on the benefits of being... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Stanleyrox
Well explained with helpful tips. Perhaps somewhat overly simplistic but broad concept backed up with loads of data.Published 1 day ago by Emma J
This is based on the flawed assumption that everyone's life experiences are pretty much the same, which they are not. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book to change your outlook on events to a more optimistic one & make you more productive and happy in your life.Published 7 days ago by Diane Stone
I have read Dr Seligman's other books and this book just reinforces his wonderful contributions to helping us develop tools of the mind for better living. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Leslie Burkland
This is a great book, and I continue to use one of the techniques the author mentions, when I find myself with a problem I am struggling with mentally and emotionally. Read morePublished 20 days ago by kaystew
Found his ABCDE process very helpful for identifying and working on a better way to think about adversity we encounter. Read morePublished 21 days ago by S. Woodworth
Martin Seligman helps connect the dots between pessimism and depression, showing how our internal thoughts can create "walls. Read morePublished 26 days ago by AzCroat