- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (6 Mar. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857883292
- ISBN-13: 978-1857883299
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment Paperback – 6 Mar 2003
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At last, psychology gets serious about glee, fun and happiness. Martin Seligman has given us a gift - a practical map for the perennial quest for a flourishing life. (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)
Seligman takes the best, most recent science in psychology and applies it to our oldest, most basic human questions: How can we be happy? And how can we be good? His book is groundbreaking, heart-lifting, and most important, deeply useful. With pun intended, I'm optimistic about its success. (Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia)
A highly insightful and personal reflection on the nature of happiness, from one of the most creative and ifluential psychologists of our time. (Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct)
An amazing book! Absolutely full of practical wisdom and its authentic sources. What depth of understanding! Seligman affirms our power of choice with a perspective on old and new psychology I found compelling and fascinating. This book will help restore the Character Ethic. (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
An impressive achievement. This book will change how people view psychology and how all of us view ourselves. (Howard Gardner, Harvard University, author of Multiple Intelligences)
Martin Seligman is on a mission: to take the rich and suprising findings of a young field called Positive Psychology and use them to imporve the mental, moral and spiritual well-being of his readers. Being Positive Psychology's founder, as well as a vivid, inspiring writer, he is uniquely qualified for this job. Only one person could have written Authentic Happiness, but millions could benefit from it. (Robert Wright, author of The Moral Animal)
In this important, entertaining book, one of the world's most celebrated psychologists, Martin Seligman, asserts that happiness can be learned and cultivated, and that everyone has the power to inject real joy into their lives.See all Product Description
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Until recently psychology has mainly been working within a disease model: a strong emphasis has been placed on discovering deficits in human behavior and finding ways to repair this damage. Psychologist hardly focused on in doing studies acquiring knowledge about healthy functioning and building strengths. In other words: they have focused solely on taking away something negative (the disfunctioning) instead of adding something positive (increasing mental and behavioral health). The result: psychologist know little about healthy and happy functioning. This situation has been changing now since the rise of positive psychology a few years ago. What is Positive Psychology? It is a new movement in psychology, originated by Martin Seligman and a few other prominent psychologists among whom Mihali Csikszentmihalyi (author of FLOW). It aims to be a psychological science about the best things in life. Main topics of study are: positive emotions, positive traits and positive institutions. This book, Authentic Happiness, is the first book on positive psychology. Seligman is its main spokesperson.
= HAPPINESS =
This book mainly deals with the phenomenon of happiness. According to Seligman your enduring level op happiness results from three factors: 1) your SET RANGE ( the basic biologically determined range within which your happiness normally will be), 2) the CIRCUMSTANCES OF YOUR LIFE (some conditions - like being married and living in a democratic country- somehow seem to contribute to happiness, and 3) your VOLUNTARY CONTROL ( the things you can do to get your happiness to the upper part of your set range. Ok, then how to get this done?Read more ›
First off, this book was a little harder read for me than most happiness books- I have the paperback book which has small print, perhaps that was a factor. I'm also partial to shorter, just-give-me-the-facts happiness books, such as Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World- so that might also explain why I plodded my way through pages at times. But having said that, there's IS lot of gems in here for happiness searchers like myself.
While this is the kind of book I could write a really long review about, I think I'll just discuss what I consider to be the best bits for those looking for ways to become happier- which I think is why most people would buy this book. Soooo.....
1) the book provides the reader with a "happiness formula", which is H = S + C + V. This works out to happiness = your genetic Set point + intervening Circumstances + factors under you Voluntary control. So, since your can't do much about changing your genetics, when it comes to becoming happier, that leaves room for improvement in the areas of circumstances and voluntary activities.Read more ›
For one, Seligman has an easy going writing style, and this is no small achievement given (if you check out the endnotes etc) he is drawing on a lot of research to make his argument. All though it does read too much (for me) like a self-help book, and much of it sounds like common sense, it is worth remembering that there is serious research underpinning Seligman's ideas. And speaking as a new dad, I did find the section on raising kids useful.
But I didn't find that much useful material in it compared to Learned Optimism. In part this is because the optimism material is repeated, and the 'strengths' section effectively appears twice (second time in the raising kids section). What's more I didn't find the signature strengths section particularly convincing. The questions in some cases seem more leading than, say, isometric tests.
Worst of all, I'm afraid, is the last chapter where the tries to extend positive psychology into the question of whether there is a god. This just left me feeling a bit embarrassed, as it reads like the worst kind of New Age-y blah.
So not a winner for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Made a few good points about flow and key signature strengths, however the stories to explain different aspects were very lengthy and uninteresting.Published 4 months ago by Laura Reid
First of all I would like to acknowledge all the efforts Mr. Seligman put into his work.I read this book from cover to cover. I found some valuable tips in it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nas
Excellent book that shows how we become really happy through positive thinking and the thoughts that occupy our mind. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ms Cyprah
A great book that has many good ideas, well worth a read, with lots of fun 'self diagnosis' tests you can do on your levels of base happiness, etcPublished on 19 Oct. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Fascinating ideas but the book is too long, subsequently read Learned Optimism and How Children Succeed and preferred both to this one.Published on 19 Oct. 2014 by KJ
This is a really up to date study of Psychology and it certainly meets my requirements.Published on 17 Sept. 2014 by John Madden
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