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Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

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Over a decade ago, Martin Seligman charted a new approach to living with "flexible optimism." Now, in his most stimulating and persuasive book to date, the bestselling author of "Learned Optimism" introduces the revolutionary, scientifically based idea of "Positive Psychology." Positive Psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, asserting that happiness is not ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Simon & Schuster Australia (first published 2002)
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Mar 14, 2017 Amir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: happiness
پیشنهاد می شه به:
اونایی که کارشون عذاب روحشون هست و می خوان بدونن چه طور می تونن از همون کار لذت ببرن
اونایی که حس می کنن به اندازه کافی خوشحال نیستن و می خوان لذت بیشتری از زندگی ببرن

محتوا و بررسی کتاب
مارتین سالیگمن نوسنده کتاب، بنیان گذار روانشناسی مثبت گرا هست و ازین جهت یه جورایی دنیای روانشاسی رو چهره جدیدی بخشیده. اما چرا؟
خیلی جالب نویسنده توضیح می ده که از پیدایش روانشناسی، همیشه سعی بر مقابله و درمان بیماری های مختلف روانی بوده و این علم غالبا با مشکلات و مسائل منفی سر و کارداشته همیشه ت
So many self-help books, questionnaires, and popular psychology books talk about what’s wrong with our lives and how to make the bad bits better. Martin E. P. Seligman asks us to look instead at what’s good, and learn to turn good into excellent, making this a book on mental wellness, rather than mental illness. It’s a refreshing change.

Wouldn’t you rather feel more happy instead of less miserable? But this isn’t just a question of looking at half-filled cups when they might be half-empty. Simpl
Aug 21, 2011 Stringy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book from the man who decided that the psychology of mental illness needed to be paired with research into mental wellness. Seligman believes there's more to mental good health than the mere abscence of illness or sadness, and has inspired a group of researchers to work with him on creating a new branch of psychology to figure it out.

He catalogues the different ways of being happy: about the past, the future and the present. He focuses mostly on present happiness, dividing it into tw
Apr 01, 2009 Cara rated it liked it
Shelves: life
This is a really good book.

It was slow to start, spending pages upon pages talking about the benefits of being happy. Like, duh, just wanting to be happy isn't a good enough reason? I want to be happier because, uh, I'll be happier?

Other than that, good stuff, though. Concrete suggestions backed by psychological study. Summary:

- Your past doesn't determine your future. Increase your gratitude. Forgive.
- Assume bad things are temporary and isolated to the particular context in which they occur.
شريف عرفة
The Field of positive psychology is closing the gap between self-help literature and Psychology. Martin Seligman is the God father of this Science and this book is the most popular books about it. I'm studying Masters of Applied Positive Psychology after my MBA to give me the empirical evidences I need in my work as a self Development author, and it really does.
In short: This is a highly recommended book for who are interested in self development based on real scientific researches.
I'd known about Seligmman's work for quite some time. I first started taking questionnaires at his website back in 2008. The fact that three years later, I still haven't taken them all, should be a pretty good indicator that I've never been converted to a true believer. But I do keep coming back, so there are aspects of his work that I find interesting.

This book and the test center at his website are really tie-ins to each other. It was because my results kept saying "for more information, see t
The cover of this book seems pretty pathetic; I'll be the first to admit I was put off by it. 'Authentic happiness' from one little book. Right... However, it was recommended to me by a professional therapist, so I bought it. I'm just making my way through the preface, and I'm already pleased. Who doesn't love a good dig into Freud? Here's a quote I liked:

"Freud's philosophy, as bizarre as it sounds when laid out so starkly, finds its way into daily psychological and psychiatric practice, wherei
A look at the mostly-neglected field of positive psychology. The concept here is recognizing your personal "set" point of happiness, and using your strengths to improve overall happiness. This book offers a mostly-fresh perspective, along with some common sense (and a few contradictions).

Lots of self-tests to take and score, if you enjoy such. Personal stories involving the author (and his colleagues, family, and kids) and his quest to help prevent depression and/or enhance happiness, rather th
Sep 07, 2012 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Is this authentic happiness?

JDN 2456177 EDT 13:59.

When I started Authentic Happiness, I had the highest hopes—that this might finally be the way out of my depression. When I finished reading it, I felt even more hopeless and depressed. Now that I've had some time to reflect on it, I just feel ambivalent and disappointed.
Seligman promises to offer us a fundamentally new approach to psychology, focused not on curing illness but on supporting flourishing, not on treating depression but on creating
Feb 13, 2009 Rebekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this book for a college course, where we were actually only supposed to read excerpts. It interested me so much that I read the whole book, but always felt the injustice of being unable to dive as deeply into it as I wanted, since it was my senior year of college, and I was busy with other assignments. This time, I took my time getting through it, stopping and pausing often to think about what I had just read.

I love Martin Seligman. For a little history, he was President of the
Mar 22, 2015 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a detailed and insightful model of all the different contributors to happiness (fulfilment is probably a better word). Best of all, the author offers up a hypothesis as to how to put the knowledge to use! I would highly recommend this book - even if life is pretty good in general, it may provide that little extra *click* that leads to a Eureka moment. And if life sucks, well, consider this book a checklist of things to work on one at a time.

Key Points:
1. There are three diffe
Chris Walker
My father gave me Dale Carnegie's How to Stop Worrying and Start Living to read as an anxious adolescent. Later I read Norman Vincent Peale. This book mentions how Norman Vincent Peale's positive thinking grew out of early Protestantism (Methodism) in the United States and the notion of our having a free will to better ourselves (rather than being passive vessels waiting to be filled with grace). The author asks the question as to whether the development of Positive Psychology, the program at th ...more
Jan 16, 2011 Alletia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seligman as father of Positive Psychology is a convincing advocate for augmenting the disease model of traditional psychology and for broadening the base of those who understand the benefits of promoting authentic happiness. While most of what he describes does not sound new, the read is worth while as it backs up all those long held beliefs buried in the self help sections of bookshops with solid emperical evidence. I could not help feeling almost validated and clever in recognising some of my ...more
I loved this book. This book helped me to perfect the ability to "replace negative and all encompassing" thoughts with more neutral and more local thoughts. For example, one could say, "Everyone hates me." But after reading this book, I would be able to replace that with, "Well, not everyone hates you. A few people, like _____, _______, and _______ still like you. And not only that, do you really care if people hate you because you are holding them accountable at work?" Usually, this would help ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, psychology
This book resonated with me. Below are a few notes that I made while reading it.

"We find that both the depressed people who walk into our clinic and people need help us by unsolvable problems display passivity, become slower to learn, and are sadder and more anxious than people who are not depressed or are our control subjects." (Page 22)

"10 years into our work on learned helplessness I changed my mind about what was going on in our experiments. It all stems from some embarrassing findings that
Feb 02, 2017 Ira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Про депрессии, неврозы и различные отклонения мне нравится читать куда больше))) А у Селигмана все про счастье, норму, позитив... Не впечатлило. Просто и банально.
May 01, 2017 snow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite not being into self-help books, yet this one gets some interesting ideas about positive psychology, except the last chapters as far as I concern. Anw, it's a perfect ending to a perfect holiday ^^
So, how to be happy? Just be grateful for what we have, be mindful in our everday life, look on the bright side of everything 😉
Aug 26, 2014 Jairo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
De lectura obligatoria para psicólogos y psicoterapeutas interesados en estar al dia con lo que esta pasando en el mundo de la psicologia aplicada en Estados Unidos. Es difícil pensar en que otro tema de psicologia se este invirtiendo mas dinero por parte de las fundaciones mas ricas e influyentes como El Fondo Templeton, (Templeton Foundation) y el gobierno federal.

El tema principal del autor es el de que la psicologia aplicada necesita adquirir prestigio académico, que actualmente no tiene, y
Feb 01, 2011 Brent rated it liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
Once again I don't think of myself as someone who reads many self-improvement books, but I did it again.

I valued the main point in this book, but I don't think it's the ultimate solution the way Seligman describes it. The author relates that in the history of psychology, much of the practice has been focused on the negative: people's social problems, delusions, irrational behavior, depression, etc. He argues that this often ends up being counter-productive where people focusing on everything th
Apr 19, 2016 Maren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
Things I will remember about this book:
--When something good happens to an optimist, they think of it as universal (permeating all areas of their life) and permanent. When something good happens to a pessimist, they think of it as specific and temporary. When something bad happens to an optimist, they think of it as specific and temporary. When something bad happens to a pessimist, they think of it as universal and permanent.
--Marriage between two pessimists is hard.
--People get habituated to t
Aug 16, 2011 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Authentic Happiness is an important introduction to Positive Psychology-- the science of understanding and furthering what's right rather than what's wrong with us. If you are disenchanted with mainstream psychology's emphasis on disorder and prescribed solutions, and if you want to enhance and make permanent the good things in life, you will find this book instructive and encouraging. Seligman simplifies a budding but complicated scientific discipline into an approachable read. He has a compani ...more
Anne Rosales
I listened to the unabridged audio version of this book, which worked out well, as it's probably not something you need to focus 100% of your attention on. I really enjoyed the first few chapters, where Seligman lays out the basis for studying "positive psychology" -- how to increase one's experience of positive emotion/states of being, versus how to decrease one's experience of the effects of psychological trauma or disorders.

I also enjoyed taking the self-assessment quizzes at Seligman's websi
Dec 04, 2008 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Should be called: the human being operation guide.

I read about half of this book, and stopped because of school work. I have started it again and I had to start at the beginning. It is a little complicated (it is, after all, psychology) but, after the initial mind twisting, it starts to seem like common sense. This book answers the question: how can I live my life that will make me feel like I am accomplishing something worth while - and be fulfilled and happy doing it?

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Stef Wakeman
Feb 10, 2010 Stef Wakeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book randomly, while traveling through Costa Rica. The title itself turned me off, but I was desperate for an English language book and would have read anything at that point. I was wonderfully surprised by this book- a self-help book on promoting optimism and freedom from negative thought patterns that is pragmatic, research driven and interesting to read. Seligman is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has a very useful website in conjunction with the book, where ...more
Elizabeth Anne
This, in my opinion, is a must-read for anyone who would like to better understand positive psychology, the relatively new branch of psychology that studies everything related to emotional wellness, quality of life, and what makes life worth living. It provides a history of the movement and the man behind it, as well as important research in the field. And it's an enjoyable read, too!
Kipriadi prawira
Oct 20, 2013 Kipriadi prawira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important book that introduce Positive Psychology-- the science of understanding and furthering what's "right" rather than what's "wrong" with us. The main lesson from this book is:
"Authentic happiness involves living a life full of appreciation - being mindful of each and every moment - and passionately pursuing knowledge, friendships, health and career goals."
Sep 30, 2009 Katelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book from Positive Psych. Much of the same research as The How of Happiness only from the man who was one of the founders of the movement of positive psychology. Focusing on strengths and again, all the research as to why/how certain behaviors cause us to be happy.
Deb Davis
Decent overview of Positive Psychology.
Alex Giurgea
Dec 09, 2015 Alex Giurgea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cartea este o referinta in psihologie pe subiectul fericirii. Continutul stiintific este foarte bun insa modul de expunere lasa mult de dorit, fiind de-a dreptul plictisitor.
Phil Cornelius
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This book can be a useful tool. Seligman does provide an easy formula for how to make your life happier and more meaningful. He discusses outside factors that influence happiness, looking at external factors that readers may change (such as getting married), and cannot change (genetics). He goes on to look at internal factors: optimism, character strengths, etc. This is the part of the book that matters most, and so he spends mu
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Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Psychology. He was previously the Director of the Clinical Training Program in the department. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association by the widest margin in its history and served in that capacity during the 1998 term.[4] He is the founding editor-in-chief ...more
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