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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.
If you suffer from frequent bouts with depression, the principles and advice in this book could change your life. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jason
It is okay. As a pessimist, it is not going stunningly well.Published 8 days ago by LivingontheRock
Useful strategies to help understand and manage difficult situations and the way one thinks about them.Published 11 days ago by Sue Goff
Another reviewer wrote that 80% of the book was about a problem of learned helplessness. As I read, maybe 10% was spent on instruction on how to develop optimism and the other 10%... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Steven
Learned Optimism is exactly what it sounds like. Dr. Seligman teaches you how to identify your explanatory style in positive or negative situations---how you explain them to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ash Ryan