"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"
Sound science in an area that is swamped with not too good advice on how to cope when things are difficult.
I have already given away two books to friends in need.
Warmly recommended to me by a psychologist friend, and she was spot on as usual.
There are a lot of references to studies proving the point, which can seem intimidating, if you are not used to that stuff, but it is only to show what has been proven to work and what is a waste of time. If it isn't your thing, jump it and go to the conclusions.
Good reading for anyone who wants to add maturity and wisdom to their years - and that is probably most of us!
What a blessing! Finally I get to read something by a psychologist who makes perfect sense. It has long been a contention of mine that most of medicine (mind and body) focusses so much attention on the 'sick' side of the coin. Martin Seligman's Positive Psychology is a breath of fresh air. And his resaerch-based findings are so obvious and so clear, it makes one wonder how it tok so long for Psychology to come of age. If you are a student of Psychology you really do need to read this book. If you are lay person who believes there is more to life than feeling "just OK" you need to read this book. If you are a parent, you need to read this book and his other offerings - The Optimistic Child & Authentic Happiness.
An interesting read which made understanding why we sometimes think the way we do a whole lot clearer! Useful strategies to really change thinking in some areas of life for the better. Great for those who really want to understand the theory of psychology behind some therapy techniques.
I found this book really made me aware of how negatively I was viewing situations and how to have a more optimistic view. I think the author spends a bit too much time going through his case studies but I guess that is to show the reader about how the technique can work in all sorts of situations/jobs etc. I think there is also a slight cultural bias when it comes to scoring yourself for some of the questionnaires - for example some questions where I rated as very negative, the most positive answer to me was what I would consider the most arrogant, and therefore I shyed away from that answer. I discussed this with a group of friends and they to said they would answer as I had, we came to the conclusion that it's just part of kiwi culture to avoid seeming over confident rather than actual pessimism. All of these things taken into account I would (and have) recommend the book to friends as I found it a bit of any eye opener and I do think my view has changed after reading it.
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