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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.
ok book. The author uses a lot of chapters to give the history of his research. I found the research interesting and helpful. Read morePublished 11 days ago by John P. Shehan III
An excellent book, extremely useful to both laypersons and professionals alike, this book contains a very substantial start on the road to the New science of psychotherapy. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Frederick M Parker
The last chapters, about how to control anxiety, are very effective.Published 21 days ago by L Carpenter
If you suffer from frequent bouts with depression, the principles and advice in this book could change your life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jason
It is okay. As a pessimist, it is not going stunningly well.Published 1 month ago by LivingontheRock
Useful strategies to help understand and manage difficult situations and the way one thinks about them.Published 1 month ago by Sue Goff