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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life Paperback – January 3, 2006
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an âIâgive-upâ habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, Learned Optimism is both profound and practicalâand valuable for every phase of life.
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Even though I am a strong women, I played the victim and the helpless person until reading about why people become this way and give up. The author told about how we become hopeless and the way we think about our failures by experiments with animals. I read, then reread his stories about successful and unsuccessful salesmen . I am a retired RN so research studies are interesting to me.
When he talked about the circadian rhythm and how we think at certain times of the day it made me think about all the times I laid in bed in the early morning with negative thoughts running through my head. I though I was just me repeating my grandfather and fathers pattern of depression. I didn't know that most people think negative thoughts in the morning and regain their positive thoughts later on. I have stopped doing that for the first time in 72 years and I started thinking that I have control over my life and can think positive thoughts and letting every little thing I do is bad.
I feel like life is too short to let my husband or any other person drag me down. My response is what counts and how I interpret it that matters. No one every really told me that in my years of psychotherapy and the "Feeling Good Book", never really told me that being a pessimist caused me to be depressed but it does.
I loved the book and if depression is dragging you down then read and reread the book. Figure out who in your childhood made you feel hopeless and to just give up.
My 2-step process: 1. Buy the book, praise it, give it away!. 2. Repeat step one!
It's done wonders for my business, and for my clients!
I found that most of the book discusses Seligman's career and prior research in psychology, then goes in to great detail about his research and what he has learned from it. But what is missing is the practical component, taking Seligman's research results and transforming them into instructions and advice that readers can actually use to improve their lives. The book is lacking in that area.
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I find that the exercises in the book are a bit too many and this may tire you and skip...Read more
The book itself is OK, it's a good introduction to optimism and it's tailored for...Read more