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Seligman advocates mature optimism. Basically the higher the cost of being wrong, the more it pays to be a pessimist. With that said there are a host of benefits to be had from optimism.
Pessimists tend to believe that negative things that happen to them 1) will have a long-lasting effect, 2) will affect many situations, and 3) are caused by themselves. Also, when something positive happens the pessimist tends to explains this negatively by 1) thinking this is just temporary success, 2) won't help him in other situations than this specific one, 3) and is caused by the situation more than by his own competence.
Optimists explain situations exactly the other way around. They tend to think that negative events 1) are just a temporary setback, 2) only affect thìs situation, and 3) are externally caused (not their own fault). Positive things are also explained positively by the optimistic thinker. He will think 1) that the success will last long, 2) that the success will positively affect other situations as well, and 3) that the success was caused by his own doing.
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Learned Optimism shows how for many people it is the way they perceive and respond to events around them that can make the difference between a happy, successful life or a difficult one dotted with depressive episodes. He explores the reasons for this and develops alternative approaches that appear to work well.
This CD starts with a simple test to assess 6 different scales of optimism / pessimism and to create a score for each of these scales. This indicates how individuals are likely to respond to particular types of events and adversities, and how that response can be constructive or damaging. This straightaway highlights areas where we may need to be careful in our everyday lives, and then goes on to look at alternative ways to interpret and react to events.
Seligman takes the view that the majority of depressive episodes, procrastination and under-achievement stem not from messed up brain-chemistry or unhappy childhoods, but from the ways we have learned to interpret and react to everyday adversity. He provides a robust method for reframing these events and ensuring any negative effect is short-lived, this in turn leads to improved personal performance and higher self-esteem and happiness. The main message is that there is a simple method for responding more constructively to negative events, and if this is practised, it soon becomes a learned behaviour that no longer requires conscious effort.
The upshot of it is that individuals will be happier, more successful and experience fewer if any depressive episodes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
there's something very profound in this book that's worth understanding. I often quote it in discussions now.Published 17 hours ago by bob
Strategies for being selectively optimistic for the ingrained pessimist. A very powerful and though provoking book, though I'll admit a book that is quite difficult to always... Read morePublished 9 months ago by sean taylor
Truly life Changing book, highly recommended to all that seek to better themselves or there situation in life.Published 13 months ago by chris a
Worried it would be a dumbed down self improvement book. So wrong. Research based and still easy to read. Not finished it yet but enjoying , reflecting and learningPublished 13 months ago by Mr Giles Stephenson
Very well written and research based. Not another wishy-washy self-help book. Everything in the book is based on research. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ixxy
Great book, I must admit. I was a bit sceptic when I came across it, but thanks to one of the positive reviews, I was convinced to buy it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Olivia
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