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Learned Optimism

Learned Optimism


Learned Optimism

ratings:
3.5/5 (381 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Feb 1, 1991
ISBN:
9780743519229
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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

"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
Released:
Feb 1, 1991
ISBN:
9780743519229
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Martin Seligman, PhD, is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, director of the Positive Psychology Center, and former president of the American Psychological Association. He received his BA in philosophy from Princeton University, and his PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and holds ten honorary doctorates. He was named the most influential psychologist in the world by Academic Influence. Along with writing for numerous scholarly publications and appearing in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and many others, he is also the author and coauthor of over thirty books, including Flourish, Authentic Happiness, and Tomorrowmind.



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  • (2/5)
    Is the glass half empty or half full? Seligman attempts to provide tools to help change the habitual pessimistic self talk to something that's more realistic and hopeful. I found the included test hard to follow as they asked us to analyze the answers.
  • (4/5)
    great audio book. recommend. may i be optimistic after this
  • (4/5)
    Definitely worth reading . doesn't hurt to get that reinforcement about the importance of being optimistic even under the worst of conditions and that makes a person do better all around.
  • (5/5)
    Un audiolibro muy útil con consejos prácticos y efectivos para combatir el pesimismo. Muy recomendable.
  • (5/5)
    Thought provoking.

    A useful acronym is: NVS

    N - permaNance. Optimistic people believe bad events to be more temporary than permanent and bounce back quickly from failure,

    V - perVasiveness. Optimistic people don’t assume that failure in one area of life means failure in life as a whole.

    S - personaliSation. Optimists blame bad events on causes outside of themselves rather than on themselves per se.
  • (3/5)
    I expected much more. It is not the powerful lifting book I expected. Most books I feel the need to go back re listen hear again to re assess its impact on my perspective. But it didn't it was not motivational. I hope others find it in a different light than I did.