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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.
Great for a better understanding about the effects of pessimism and optimism. I now know where I am in the spectrum between these and how to redirect detrimental pessimistic... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Alberto Ramos
Not the easiest read in the world. Interesting topic, but I couldn't finish the book...Published 4 days ago by JimboJones
Excellent read for a clinical and scientific perspective to the psychology of optimism. You can skip around, but reading how the author developed his perspective is very... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Terry13z
I am an avid reader and this was on the top of my list as books that were extremely difficult for me to get through. Read morePublished 13 days ago by B. Olson
Still reading and like very much, just wish the print was larger!Published 13 days ago by Cynthia Geddes