- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Jan. 3 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400078393
- ISBN-13: 978-1400078394
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 60 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life Paperback – Jan 3 2006
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“Vaulted me out of my funk. . . . So, fellow moderate pessimists, go buy this book." — The New York Times Book Review”One of the most important books of the century--an absolute must-read for all persons interested in genuinely understanding and helping our fellow human beings.” —Dr. Robert H. Schuller, author of Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do "Dr. Seligman makes an optimistic case for optimism: you can learn it, you can measure it, you can teach it, and you will be healthier and happier for it.” —Dr. Aaron T. Beck, author of Love is Never Enough“A system for reforming the most entrenched pessimist.” —Philadelphia Daily News
About the Author
Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., the Robert A. Fox Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, works on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethnopolitical conflict, and optimism. Dr. Seligman's work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He is the director of the Positive Psychology Network and scientific director of Foresight, Inc., a testing company that predicts success in various walks of life.
He was for fourteen years the Director of the Clinical Training Program of the University of Pennsylvania and was named a "Distinguished Practitioner" by the National Academies of Practice. In 1995, he received the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's award for "Distinguished Contributions to Science and Practice."
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This book helps me see others more clearly and in particular gives me a better understanding of those who suffer from depression; it also taught me how to restructure my own thought processes to stop negative self-messaging in its tracks. I have no doubt that readers who choose to work through Dr. Seligman’s exercises will reap the rewards of a more fulfilling life. Even if you already see yourself as an optimist, there is so much to be learned from this book. Learning the skills of exercising flexible optimism can benefit anyone (spouses, parents, children, employees, students, athletes, etc.).
I loved Dr. Seligman’s test for evaluating optimism and found the results quite self-revealing. My only criticism is that I didn’t enjoy the sections that exhaustively explained clinical studies to reveal the scientific support for Dr. Seligman’s methods, but I recognize those parts are well suited to readers with a keener interest in cognitive therapy and psychology in general. For me, the real magic of Dr. Seligman’s teaching happens in the final third of the book. If you take the time to read this book, I would encourage you to take the optimism test and work through the exercises – the results are invaluable. This was an absorbing and educational read – I highly recommend it.
I cannot say enough that this book gave me an ultimate gift and that is - i can be an optimist! Now thats life changing!
There is no magic promised but rather a few approaches to temper pessimism and catastrophizing and the research behind it.
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