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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Evidence-Based Optimism!, 17 Sep 2008
This review is from: Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life (Paperback)
Contrary to what the negative review of this book says, 'Learned Optimism' is based on decades of psychological research. Dr Seligman identifies the explanatory styles by which we make sense of the world. It shows two distinct patterns that pessimists adopt when explaining good events in their lives, and how these styles reverse to explain negative events. For instance, pessimists tend to write off good events as 'just luck' whereas they take 'the blame' for bad things. Optimists tend to do the opposite. Dr Seligman's research is grounded in the cognitive approach pioneered by Aaron Beck. Overall, it's easy to read, the questionnaires are usefully deployed to uncover styles and also give a great deal of examples or differing responses to various life events. Overall, it is one of the very few self-help books that actually stays clear of home-spun wisdom and is based on evidence-based research. For a short introduction to Seligman's work (and other evidence-based techniques), try Dr Gary Wood's Don't Wait for Your Ship to Come In... Swim Out to Meet It: Tools and Techniques for Positive Lasting Change
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