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on July 21, 2017
The font is small and blurry very difficult to read.
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on September 29, 2015
Don't waste your time or money getting the CD or audio version. The first CD is entirely about some written tests or questions the reader was suppose to have taken prior to listening to the CD....these questions or tests did not come with the CD. So, the reader has no idea what is being conveyed when it discusses, if your score was X, then this is why....or, if your score was Y, then this is why... It was a waste of time. Why would would anyone produce a book on CD where the 1st CD discuss reasoning for behavior, if the reader wasn't aware of the specific questions they were discussing? Another way to have produced the CD would be to at least read the questions, so the listener would understand what the heck was being referenced. I recommend to the author that you nix the CD version, or figure a way to convey the information on the 1st CD. Such a shame...because the book version may actually have some good information it. However, this version is worthless. Note: because I requested a return slip, I didn't listen to the 2nd or 3rd CD.
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on February 10, 2013
The CD starts with telling you to pause the CD and proceed to take the test. The test results are a critical part of proceeding with the 'reading'. I think it would be most helpful if the purchaser is aware that no test copy is included with the purchase. Or perhaps include the 'required' test copy!
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on August 19, 2014
I couldn't get into this book... at all...so much rambling and detail. Just found it to be boring, guess that's being pessimistic!
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on December 23, 2014
Long and drawn out
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on June 20, 2013
Some interesting concepts until I learned how old and outdated all the information was. Couldnt force myself to finish it despite trying extremely hard to get through it all (yes I remained optimistic but with no luck).
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on January 3, 2015
Last half the best
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on September 30, 2016
This man may be on to something; however, it's difficult to be at peace with his ideas. Because the foundation of Martin Seligman's ideas come from his extended torture of dogs. He basically subjected dogs to what they could only understand as random electric shocks, until they "learned apathy" and would not, for example, try to leave their torture chambers, or what he called their "cages". He considers this "apathy". Another way to put it would be "he destroyed their wills, or their minds." Torturing a dog extensively causes it to give up: Martin Seligman required the torture of many dogs to come to this conclusion, which anybody less learned and esteemed than himself could have come to through simple deduction.

Several newspaper articles and Jane Meyer's book "The Dark Side" have made a pretty convincing case that Seligman could be considered the intellectual father of America's torture program -- his writings were heavily used as a basis for the torture methodologies developed by the CIA after 9/11. I myself would not describe him as such -- I believe he thought his work was valuable science which could save people from depression. But I think it also gave the psychopaths among us a recipe book. It's not his fault, but there it is.
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on February 11, 2015
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% was empty space. He offers ideas on depression, but never does he talk about feelings and emotions. I read nothing on feelings of worthlessness.

I looked for a discussion on anxiety, anger or rage and found nothing. He swears that a patient can beat depression if he learns to be optimistic. How in the world can an author, a Professor discuss an affect disorder without discussing emotions? He actually believes that a person he can predict and control one's future by the way he thinks.

Can you imagine he has the arrogance to subtitle this book: The "Complete Guide" to Successful Self-Improvement?" One word describes Seligman: Hubris. This one man thinks he is so great that he has the panacea for self-help information. He is a snake oil salesman dressed in a Ph.D. Seligman and Dr. Phil may be made from the same clothe. His gravest mistake was to place the burden on the individual and says nothing how culture effects the individual.
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on May 3, 2010
this is only for people that have no personality, or are clinically depressed.
it is NOT for someone looking for out-going self selling info.
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