Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
Psychologist Martin Seligman spent forty years studying optimism and pessimism, and he concludes that you can escape pessimism and learn optimism by employing cognitive strategies. Seligman does not proclaim the p...more
im reading this for my friend. to help her find optimism and hope.
what i love about this book is that it does not believe that optimism is an attitude you should adapt for every situation in life. and that is what made the book so real!
when you're friend is hurt or feeling betrayed or sad, optimism will make them feel that you are undermining their problems.
having the "I CAN DO IT" attitude does not apply in everything. >> having a drink and...more
And now that I have, I must say that I agree with the crown that has been placed upon this book's head; it's a worthy read for anyone interested in happiness.
I took away from it a paradoxical and disquieting idea: the happiest people are the most optimistic, but fail again and again to see the dark truths in life, while the unhappi...more
Here's a quick summary: 1) Be specific. I'm not a bad person. I just made a mistake. 2) Notice the tendency to think of a negative outcome as more likely than a positive one. 3) Notice the tendency to take responsibility or blame yourself for things that could possibly be someone else's fault. The book includes a word of caution about blaming others. The idea isn't to shirk self-responsibility, it's just to notice and reframe the k...more
The book includes a test so you can determine how optimistic you are in different situations. I think it's an extremely well-designed test because it's often hard to tell what the "right" answer is.
The author studies optimism in many groups: rats, dogs, college students, life-insurance sales reps, East German working men, a...more
It is not just a self-help guide to positive thinking. In fact, the author decries positive thinking, making the point that chanting inflated mantras to oneself...more
Dr. Seligmann has been studying optimism his entire life. He leads us through his intellectual journey, beginning when as a young grad student, he was exposed to a study in which a group...more
I read this book after seeing that Steve Kendall, one of my Goodreads friends, had rated it highly. I am glad that I did.
The basic premise is that most cases of depression in people are a formed of learned helplessness. Learned helplessness is the reaction to unpleasant events by giving up attempts to change one’s circumstances. Learned helplessness can be studied in other mammals besides humans. Most depression in Seligman’s view is not a function of some biochemical imbalance (though it can
Optimists see the world f...more
Usually I hate self-help books, but this one didn't leave the u...more
If you're at all familiar with cognitive behavioral therapy, the contents of this book will be at least a little familiar to you. Seligman relates some results from his research on how to defend against and recover from "learned helplessness", an phenomenon in operant conditioning that's...more
The book is divided into three sections. The first five chapters define the main concepts of the book and state the author's thesis. Chapters 6 through 11 discuss how the concepts discovered earlier apply to different areas of life. The final fo...more
11/23/08 - progress: p. 54
I like this paragraph immediately following the first pessimism gauge test:
"Most assuredly we want people to own up to the messes they make, to be responsible for their actions. Certain psychological doctrines have damaged our society by helping to erode personal responsibility: Evil is mislabeled insanity; bad manners are shucked off as neurosis; "successfully tre...more
I started running my Mary Kay business full time...and in the world of sales...you cannot be a pessimist. You WILL get shot down and one point or another...more