Learned Optimism


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Learned Optimism shows us how to stop automatically assuming guilt, how to get out of the habit of seeing the direst possible implications in every setback, and how to be optimistic.

With concrete examples, Dr Seligman documents the effects of optimism on the quality of life, provides tests to determine the degree of our negative and positive orientation, and offers a program of specific exercises to help break the habit of pessimism and learn the habit of optimism for both ourselves and our children.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize your “explanatory style” – what to say to yourself when you experience set-backs and how it influences your life.
  • Boost your mood and your immune system with healthful thoughts.
  • Help your children to practice the thought patterns that encourage optimism.
  • Break the “I-give-up” habit with Dr. Seligman’s ABC techniques.
  • Change your interior dialogue and experience the astonishing positive results.

Author Bio:

Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD, is the Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the director of the Positive Psychology Network, and the former president of the American Psychological Association. Among his twenty books are Learned Optimism and The Optimistic Child.


Learned Optimism is a marvellous achievement. It blends hard-edged science with practical advice to give us a”n understanding of how we hold ourselves back and how we can change for the better” – Wayne W. Dyer, Author Of Your Erroneous Zones.

“Australians have often suffered from the tendency to think that every silver lining has a cloud. This ground-breaking book offers some valuable insights into the ways we teach those habits to our children. Seligman proposes some useful ways of thinking (rather than simply feeling) about negative experiences so that we begin to see them in a new light and break the destructuve cycle of pessimism” – Hugh Macaky, social Psychologist And Author Of What Makes Us Tick? : The Ten Desires That Drive Us.