Learned Optimism

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Random House Australia, May 2, 2011 - Self-Help - 336 pages
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Learned Optimism shows us how to stop automatically assuming guilt, how to get out of the habit of seeing the direst possible implications in every setback, and how to be optimistic. With concrete examples, Dr Seligman documents the effects of optimism on the quality of life, provides tests to determine the degree of our negative and positive orientation, and offers a program of specific exercises to help break the habit of pessimism and learn the habit of optimism for both ourselves and our children. Learn how to: Recognize your "explanatory style" - what to say to yourself when you experience set-backs and how it influences your life. Boost your mood and your immune system with healthful thoughts. Help your children to practice the thought patterns that encourage optimism. Break the "I-give-up" habit with Dr. Seligman's ABC techniques. Change your interior dialogue and experience the astonishing positive results.

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Overall good advice and easy to read. - Goodreads
I think the author did a poo poo job of writing it. - Goodreads
Good insight...but too technical. - Goodreads
Very helpful information/instructions for a pessimist. - Goodreads
Compelling account of the author's decades of research. - Goodreads
Some interesting insights. - Goodreads

Review: Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

User Review  - Poppy - Goodreads

The theories are well researched and in practice seem to hold true. However, the book is a bit fragmented in its organization. You really have to get to the end to get the picture. Read full review

Review: Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

User Review  - Anne - Goodreads

Great book. Totally worthwhile read as a parent and for my own use. Provides the research case for learned optimism and simple steps for learning this strategy and teaching it to spouse and kids. I plan to read his next two books too and then try to teach this stuff to my family members. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Pyschology and the Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his 20 books are Learned Optimism, What You Can Change and What You Can't, The Optimisitc Child and Authentic Happiness. His books have been translated into 25 languages and he regularly tours Australia.

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