- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Life (5 Nov. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241257743
- ISBN-13: 978-0241257746
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flourishing Paperback – 5 Nov 2015
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A realistic approach to positive thinking (Sunday Times)
It is the science and professional experience at Gaffney's disposal that makes her book so relevant ... presented in such a friendly and persuasive way that it's hard to resist (Irish Examiner)
Shows us how we can approach life with a renewed sense of vigour and purpose (Metro Herald)
About the Author
Leading psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney combines work in academia with a busy international consultancy business. She also serves on the executive committee of the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Her last book Flourishing was a No 1 bestseller in Ireland and has sold over 70,000 copies. She is also a columnist, broadcaster and speaker.
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Top Customer Reviews
I wasn't expecting much out of the book, I just wanted to learn more. But it is very well and interestingly written, it is very easy to read. It gives references to a lot of different studies and dumbs them down just enough to help us understand fully the science behind the book's subject. Then it goes on to categorise 10 steps in different chapters of very practical advice, each piece of advice could be a book in themselves.
Its the best book in this category I have read. I highly recommend it.
Some of her ideas really hit the spot. I really personally recognised the concept that you can have a good relationship with a person or organisation completely soured by an incident (or series of incidents) and from that moment on, not only will every interaction with that person or organisation be coloured negatively, but you will revise your past recollections of them to reflect your new negative options, even if all your previous thoughts about them were neutral or positive.
If I have a criticism of Gaffney's style it is this. She is a psychologist and, like any good social scientist, she likes to expound upon the reasons behind her explanations in quite some detail. Whilst some people might be fascinated by relations of the way the brain develops during childhood and the results of research carried out by workplace and marriage guidance psychologists during the last 30 years, I found the detail a little wearing. Like a coconut, there's a lot of really good stuff inside this book, but sometimes the detail made it a tough nut to crack.
Its a focused, in the round, no stone left unturned approach, encompassing both positive and negative factors, into whats going on when we are feeling on top of the world and life is going our way, and also, what may be happening when things aren't looking so great. its a book, I'm sure, that I will be coming back to again, and again.
I found myself thinking of innumerable people who could benefit from reading it! 'Now he or she really needs to improve her positive to negative ratio!', but actually, we all could.
I consider myself as being perfectly healthy from a mental point of view, but that does not mean that I can't improve my mental health, just as I can improve my physical health. As such, this book can be of interest to anyone.
It is by far the best self help book I have ever read. It is extremely well researched as you would expect from an expert such as Maureen Gaffney. The book is very very informative and full of excellent and practical advice.
I highly recommend the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took me a while to read this book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Maureen Gaffney is a very insightful author and I would recommend this book to anybody trying to get past a bad... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ann Non
This is one of the most important books I have read during my 52 years. I do not write that lightly. Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Harper
good enough book allot of stuff in it and language too technical at timesPublished on 10 Nov. 2014 by Ann Garvey
thoroughly engaging and inspiring read - like all of Gaffney's workPublished on 29 Oct. 2014 by Rachel