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Don't buy if you're looking for practical advice
on 19 September 2011
"This book will help you flourish" is the claim on the back of the book. I have to disagree - there is very little here that is of practical use. Out of the 241 pages of content there are probably 10 pages of exercises/advice for the reader. The rest is about the history of positive psychology and the various people that developed it. An accurate subtitle would be "the adventures of Martin Seligman."
The book describes the ways in which positive psychology is being used to help soldiers (56 pages or 23% of the book is on this topic), schools, health, the various university degrees now available in positive psychology and different experiments highlighting the benefits of it. There is even a section on using positive psychology to help astronauts!
This may be of interest to some readers but it definitely doesn't help readers improve their lives and it isn't what the book claims to be.
If you're looking for a practical guide to positive psychology, this isnt it. If you're looking for a history of Martin Seligman's work on positive psychology then this is the book for you.