Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman, Ph.D.
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How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Martin Seligman, a renowned psychologist and clinical researcher, has been studying optimists and pessimists for 25 years.  Pessimists believe that bad events are their fault, will last a long time, and undermine everything.  They feel helpless and may sink into depression, which is epidemic today, especially among youths.  Optimists, on the other hand, believe that defeat is a temporary setback or a challenge--it doesn’t knock them down.  “Pessimism is escapable,” asserts Seligman, by learning a new set of cognitive skills that will enable you to take charge, resist depression, and make yourself feel better and accomplish more.

About two-thirds of this book is a psychological discussion of pessimism, optimism, learned helplessness (giving up because you feel unable to change things), explanatory style (how you habitually explain to yourself why events happen), and depression, and how these affect success, health, and quality of life.  The final chapters teach the skills of changing from pessimism to optimism.

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Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman, Ph.D.

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