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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.
Much of the discussion is a touch more scientific in tone, when compared to other mainstream psychology or self-help books.
If I have one criticism of this book it is that Seligman strangely does not provide scientific evidence that his cognitive therapy methods for learning optimism work.
This is a very useful book -- very helpful in seeing one's patterns and learning specific steps to changes things for the better.
Interesting book. I especially like the chapter "From Pessimism to Optimism" and the part about success at work. Read morePublished 16 days ago by LRU2
This book is a good light read. However, if you then put in practice this guidelines is only YOUR choice.Published 23 days ago by Giulia
This is a well written and practical introduction into the science behind Positive Psychology. Recommended.Published 29 days ago by King Mathew
I bought this book recently... for the 2nd time, having loaned out the copy I bought 15+ years ago. Bought the first copy [referenced in an article on depression in the local... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gary L. Roys
The concepts, observations, ideas and exercises contained in this book are invaluable. Want to take steps to change your life and your self from the inside out? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Stuke
Great book. Full of insight, examples, references. A must read!Published 1 month ago by Rodrigo Hernán Figueroa
Excellent Book. If you are looking to improve your self highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by anthony windle