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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.
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 1 day 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 1 day ago by S. Woodworth
Martin Seligman helps connect the dots between pessimism and depression, showing how our internal thoughts can create "walls. Read morePublished 6 days ago by AzCroat
Very helpful to change a person's attitudes. Highly recommend it,Published 7 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 12 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 28 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 1 month ago by Bearj Jehanian