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Learned Optimism : How to Change Your Mind & Your Life


Martin E.P. Seligman



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Format: Paperback, 336pp.
ISBN: 9781400078394
Publisher: Vintage
Pub. Date: January 3, 2006

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ARE YOU HOLDING YOURSELF BACK?

Without knowing it, most of us impose limits on our achievement and our happiness by approaching life's problems and challenges with unnecessary pessimism. Now, Dr. Martin Seligman, a pioneer in cognitive psychology and motivational research, tells you how to identify your own self-defeating thought patterns — and how to harness the powers of your conscious mind to break those patterns.

The Science of Personal Control

Based on years of rigorous research, Learned Optimism examines the importance of "explanatory style" — the way in which we explain our problems and setbacks to ourselves — and offers a series of exercises that will help you target unhealthy habits of pessimistic thinking and bring them under your control. More powerful and pragmatic than a simple program of positive thinking, Dr. Seligman's principles of reasoned, flexible optimism will help you:
  • Attain maximum personal achievement
  • Avoid feelings of helplessness and depression
  • Develop a hopeful, healthy outlook


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"A Marvelous Achievement! Learned Optimism blends hard-edged science with practical advice to give us an understanding of how we hold ourselves back and how we can change for the better."
—Dr. Wayne Dyer


 

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Martin E.P. Seligman is Kogod Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and past president of the division of clinical psychology of the American Psychological Association. He lives in Wynnewood, PA.

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Table of Contents
Introductionv
Part One: The Quest1
1Two Ways of Looking at Life3
2Learning to Be Helpless17
3Explaining Misfortune31
4Ultimate Pessimism54
5How You Think, How You Feel71
Part Two: The Realms of Life93
6Success at Work95
7Children and Parents: The Origins of Optimism116
8School136
9Sports155
10Health167
11Politics, Religion, and Culture: A New Psychohistory185
Part Three: Changing: From Pessimism to Optimism205
12The Optimistic Life207
13Helping Your Child Escape Pessimism235
14The Optimistic Organization254
15Flexible Optimism281
Notes293
Acknowledgments305
Index311


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