- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593855923
- ISBN-13: 978-1593855925
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breaking Murphy's Law: How Optimists Get What They Want from Life - and Pessimists Can Too 1st Edition
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"Breaking Murphy's Law is a wonderful counterpoint to the many self-help books out there that emphasize trying to be happy. Dr. Segerstrom shows how the headlong pursuit of happiness can actually be self-defeating, while effective optimism--focusing on motivation and persistence--can lead both to good feelings and genuine success in life. A 'must read.'"--Ed Diener, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; editor, Journal of Happiness Studies
"The message in this book contradicts many popular myths and is based on the scientific study of optimism. Dr. Segerstrom shows us ways to change our lives to become healthier and more fulfilled. In a world awash with misinformed pop psychology, this scientific recipe for the good life is a breath of fresh air."--Alan Carr, PhD, School of Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland; author of Positive Psychology
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Aside from above-stated objections, though, Dr. Segerstrom does a commendable job presenting an area of research that is both wide-ranging and complex. Worth a read if you are approaching it from somewhere between the perspective of the academic scientist and the self-help aficionado.
Journal 3 positive things a day. I'm pretty sure I could have come up with that myself.
It really just left me feeling that I was born this way and there's not much I can do to change it.
I'm typically a lover of self help books, so I wouldn't classify myself as a lost cause...but I guess I just didn't mesh well with this one.
Two stars for for researching a psychological term paper. Negative 3 for being classified as a Self Help book.
Optimism is based on beliefs, not emotions. This book is based on her research and she goes into reasonable depth in explaining how optimism and pessimism is formed in our mindset and what we can do to cultivate an optimistic dispostion. If you don't need this foundation or see its importance in creating a healthy and happy life, then this is not the book for you.
Solid information delivered with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor! Easy to understand for those of us who are not psychologists, yet had depth of content, historical perspective about optimism, and description of research the author has been involved in. Worth reading and discussing.
It's the best one I have come across so far for HOW to become more optimistic.
I found it more helpful than the Martin Seligman books, which favours changing your thinking.
This book made me feel like there was so much more I could do about my pessimism, even when the trying to think positive wasn't working so well.
This book is about doing as optimists do, and your thoughts and feelings will follow behind.
Examples are once a week for 5 min, for a problem you have, writing 3 things in a journal that can help you make the problem easier and help you fix it.
The following week you review if your suggestions are working and then change or modify it if it's not working, or continue if it's working well. That's it for 5 mins a week!
This small exercise made people feel increasingly happier over the weeks in studies, leads to an upwards spiral of optimism and was extremely powerful. This book is full of suggestions like this, and has many studies on what actually worked to make people feel more optimistic and get into an upward spiral.
A goldmine of advice, really valuble. Brilliant!!