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Not what it claims to be on the dust jacket?,
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This review is from: Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being - and How To Achieve Them (Paperback)
'This book will help you flourish' the dust jacket claims in big letters on the back. Actually it won't. 'A new understanding of happiness and well-being and how to achieve them'. No it isn't. Don't judge a book by its cover the saying says: it's a good read, although Seligman does tend to wander off topic a bit, for example when he goes on about Lisa's dancing or explains why Ehrenreich is wrong. An editor would have been good.
But how does knowing the US army has a resilience programme and big database of its test results help me flourish? How does a Seligman-centric history of well-being research help me flourish? I bought the book to learn well-being ideas and techniques - what works and what does not, and there's very little of these.
But it's a good read, and Seligman has many interesting ideas in his field - such as what is our legacy to the world going to be now wealthy countries have wealth enough to go round - can we copy Florence and leave something (well-being, rather than beauty) that will last for future generations?
I hope Seligman will ensure future editions have an honest dust jacket and preface that describe what the book is actually about, rather than what the publisher thinks will sell it. But don't buy it for the cover!
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Initial post: 14 May 2011 22:40:02 BDT
This is spot-on. Seligman has written a book about positive psychology rather than a book about how to apply positive psychology to your own everyday life. There is little of practical application here - it's more of a history of where positive psychology came from and how it has developed over the years. Interesting, but not useful.
Posted on 31 Aug 2011 17:58:26 BDT
Ms. D. Hughes says:
I couldn't agree more.... I was going to leave a similar review..... I love Seligman's work, I am a big follower of positive psychology but this book didn't know whether it was an autobiography or a self-help book and it was more of the former than the latter...... he drops a lot of names and I found that slightly off putting... it began to seem like he was great at teaching well-being to people who had enough money to be able to pay for it and therefore might not need it quite so much.... would not have been such a let down if it did what it said on the tin.... or rather said on the tin what it did!!
Posted on 28 Sep 2011 09:28:05 BDT
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