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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 7 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439190763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439190760
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Repaves the path to true happiness. A relentlessly optimistic guidebook on finding and securing individual happiness." –Kirkus

"Important" --Publishers Weekly

"I was immediately charmed... Seligman's intentions are admirable and exciting. He is consumed by his mission, which is to take psychology on from its traditional role in alleviating misery, and broaden it into positive psychology -- the entirely different art of teaching us how to be wiser, stronger, more generous to others, more self-disciplined, and more capable of dealing with difficulty and rejection... The book is full of nuggets about why positive approaches work."
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About the Author

Martin E. P. Seligman is the Robert A. Fox Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. His visionary work in Positive Psychology has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.


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By Ella on April 14 2016
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I'd agree with the other reviewers. This reads more like a biography than a self-help book. I found it interesting to read about the process of acquiring funding and building the programs Mr. Seligman has created. If you're looking for anything more than that: help, life advice, tips and tricks I'd suggest looking elsewhere. Anything that appears under the guise of help directs you to his website where you are asked to provide a lot of personal information up front. At the end of the quizzes you're asked to take (after which you expect to receive some insight) you basically get a "hey, thanks for contributing to my research" and not much else. While his past works have been helpful to a lot of people, he may have gotten too self-focused. I'd pass on spending $20 on this the next time.
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The book starts brilliantly. Professor Seligman offers a revision to his famous theory of happiness and puts forward such a thrilling hypothesis, that I was hesitant to put the book down for a while.

However, and as the reader impatiently waits for the good doctor to explain his new theory in details - after all, it is easy to say you need "engagement" without defining what engagement really is and how it can be achieved - the book moves away from the message and turns into a boring, uninteresting manifesto in defence of positive psychology in general, and professor Seligman's credentials in particular.

He spends more time, trying to sell the idea than he does explaining it, as if he is making an extraordinary effort to convert unbelievers, than to preach to the already converted. Considering that the majority of those who would buy the book are among the latter group, I am baffled why he decided to turn this into a marketing material!

The book continues with more validating examples of positive psychology's successes, including two excruciating chapters about Seligman's work with the military. His repeatedly defensive arguments - specially those targeted at Barbara Ehrenreich and her likeminded entourage - are more suitable for an op-ed column than for a book of this calibre.

Toward the end, Seligman steps into an economic debate about the financial crisis, with such flimsy analogies that makes you wonder why this titan of the psychology should step out of his field of expertise so carelessly!

All being said, "Flourish" is a good book, and for those who are looking for fresh ideas, it does provide enough rich and valuable content to justify the time/money invested.
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Seligman has an easy conversational style of writing. He doesn't shy away from reporting on research, but does so in an engaging way. Many surprises in this book...you can decide to be happy & really achieve that state of mind & habit. This is a good, informative read...I highly recommend this book.
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This book will provide a great understanding of the foundations of the Positive Psychology movement. A must-read if you are interested in scientifically-backed Positive Psychology.
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I have followed Martin Seligman's work for a long time, and each time he publishes I add one or two new tools to my work. Excellent book for counsellors, HR/OD Practitioners. I also suggest reading Authentic Happiness along with this book.
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Inspiring is a word that is so abused it means almost nothing, anymore. This book legitimately inspired me like no other. That's hard to do, too. I'm rather stoic. I'm always curious, but being inspired, well in my mind that was for artists and young people.

The reason is that Seligman writes like he's an author, not just an expert, and with that writing skill he was able to convey the absolute importance of this line of work, and how powerful it might be in your life, as well as others.
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