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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.
We all carry a self-authored narrative in our heads that provides continuous commentary and "explains" what happens to us and those around us. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ilya Grigorik
Dr. Seligman was one of my professors in college and his work has always been impressive. This book is wonderful because it synthesizes scientific studies with real life... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Brian Morris, M.D.
The kindle is $12.99 and the physical copy including shipping is $10.22. So the kindle is about 25% more BUT you cannot lend it to your kids or spouse or friends, or even give it... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
book came in great condition . really enjoyed this book. glad it was referred to me by a friend.Published 23 days ago by david
Amazing book. A must read for anyone who wants to be more optimistic in their day to day life. Seligman knows what he is talking aboutPublished 1 month ago by A. Page