Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E.P. SeligmanKnown as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an “I—give-up” habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, Learned Optimism is both profound and practical–and valuable for every phase of life.
Learned Optimism Change your Mind and Your LIfe by Martin Seligman
Contents click to jump to topic. So what is optimism? Explanatory style is a descriptive term that is used to explain individual differences in how people explicate the cause of bad events. In other words each of us has our own habitual way of thinking that we use to justify setbacks and failures Abramson, Seligman and Teasdale ; Seligman et al This theory is based on individual differences along three dimensions: permanence, pervasiveness and personalization. Another important factor in predisposing children to think optimistically about success and failures is the way in which adults, and parents in particular, think about and talk about their experiences. Seligman has advised that although we are unable to change our children's genes, we can be aware of how we criticize our children to ensure that they have positive attitude towards the world.
Before turning the tape back on, however, you may want to take the first steps in completing the scoring key at the bottom of the test. - Learned optimism is the idea in positive psychology that a talent for joy, like any other, can be cultivated.
Learned optimism involves developing the ability to view the world from a positive point of view. It is often contrasted with learned helplessness. By challenging negative self-talk and replacing pessimistic thoughts with more positive ones, people can learn how to become more optimistic. There are a number of benefits to becoming a more optimistic person. Some of the many advantages of optimism that researchers have discovered include:. In one study, children with risk factors for depression were placed in a training program where they were taught skills related to learned optimism.