- Series: Theory for the Age of Personal Control
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (October 5, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195044673
- ISBN-13: 978-0195044676
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The applications of the theory [of learned helplessness] to current issues (including depression, academic achievement, and physical well-being) are exciting, thought-provoking, and highly relevant." --Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health
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Christopher Petersen is at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Steven F. Maier is at University of Colorado.
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Seligman identifies the patterns of mind of the pessimistic and how they help to create Depression. He in the course of this reveals the other side and shows how a certain kind of positive thinking can help the person live a happier life. In the course of this work he looks at a wide variety of aspects and activities and shows how positive thinking can help those engaged in them. In the course of the books there are many tests which allow reader assessment of their own place in the respective areas. The aim is to provide means of improvement.
I found this an illuminating book and find Seligman's work on the whole as tremendously interesting.
This book is well argued and provides compelling evidence of the phenomenom of 'Learned Helpnessness' which can lead to depression, low motivation and poor workplace performance.
The book discusses and interprets experimental research in the area of learned helplessness and translates this into the effects that it has on individual performance, health and social interaction. The book looks at locus of control and self-efficacy and how our feelings that events are occurring outside our control leave us feeling powerless.
It's a great book for anyone making a study of psychology but I wouldn't recommend it for the casual self-help reader. The detail involved is probably excessive unless you are keen on reading all the background and understanding why and how learned helplessness occurs and how to manage or mitigate it.