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Breaking Murphy's Law

2.65 of 5 stars 2.65  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Pollyannas take heart, pessimists take note Recent studies on achievement and well-being show that optimistic behavior contributes to better physical health, greater resilience in the face of life's twists and turns, and more satisfying relationships. As psychologists Suzanne Segerstrom reveals, optimists lay groundwork for the success they envision. While the rest of us w ...more
ebook, 232 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Guilford Publications (first published 2006)
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I think this book is misnamed. I read an article on this book in a magazine, and as a known pessimist who battles against my pessimistic nature I thought I would check it out, since optimists live longer and who wouldn't want to live longer and have a sunny disposition?
23 pages into the book I discovered that apparently my pessimistic/neurotic (and who wouldn't want to be called neurotic?) "unhappy personality" is biological and inherited. Really? How is that helpful? Ok, that may be the case an
Read a few pages here and there and decided not to read any further. A few interesting tidbits but there are so many good books out there this kind of topic that it's not worth your time. I feel like this the book also tends to go against a lot of the Buddhist/Eastern mentalities on mindfulness, which I'm a big believer in, and tends to espouse the Western mentality of using one's drive and motivation merely as the route to happiness.
Not what I expected at all; it's like reading a neuroscientist's 300-page PhD thesis. Brilliant, but very dry. I only gave it 2 stars because I love the overall concept... and the abstract on the back cover was quite compelling. Maybe this is a fault on my part - why can't science be disguised as practical application or entertainment? ;-)
Good concept but dry and repetitive as hell. Not worth the time.
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