Seligman spends far too much of this book dropping names, delivering polemics, telling personal (and boring) stories about his friends and colleagues, and advertising Penn. This book is a long shallow skim of his work on positive psychology and doesn't offer anything novel or practical.
Snobbishly written, references to every psychologist under the sun while not going deeply into any of their work.
Stories about psychologists, minimal science, no new research. Narrator uses annoying voices when reading quotes.
The gist is bond w/ your child, encourage a growth mindset, and try to build character. Nothing shocking (or practical).
Lots of techniques/exercises mentioned, many focused on relaxation, mood and communication. Thankfully, there was relatively little theory. The authors personal stories were not overdrawn. This book won't turn you into a charismatic person, but you'll probably get something out of it.
The editing was a bit weird, I could tell where different audio was sliced in.
Some of the individual "takaways" (the top 10 lists by the subjects) are interesting and there's enough variety in the subjects. Unfortunately the narration quality is all over the place and each chapter concludes with lists of trivia that are obnoxious. It's not a bad book, but probably better browsed in a book store on paper, or bought if it comes on sale. Not worth a whole credit.
Several practical ideas. Anecdotes were average. I'd like it better with a different narrator. Walter Dixon sounds boring, stuffy and unenthused. You may want to hold off until using your credit until you have a specific willpower challenge in mind.
Book is not surprising. Watch the ted talk first and you'll get the highpoints. Too many bad metaphors about society and computers.
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