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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life | [Martin E. P. Seligman]

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman, one of the world's experts on motivation, shows you how to chart a new approach to living with "flexible optimism." Dr. Seligman's principles of reasoned, flexible optimism will help you rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts.
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Publisher's Summary

You can acquire optimism and significantly improve your life! Are you an optimist or a pessimist? How often do you take on exciting new projects or celebrate your successes? Now psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman, one of the world's experts on motivation, shows you how to chart a new approach to living with "flexible optimism." Dr. Seligman's principles of reasoned, flexible optimism will help you rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts.

Learned Optimism shows you how to:

  • Attain maximum personal achievement
  • Boost your mood - and your immune system - with healthful thoughts
  • Help your children by practicing the patterns of thought that encourage optimism at an early age
  • Change your interior dialogue and experience the astonishing positive results

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©1991 Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1991 Simon & Schuster Audio, All Rights Reserved; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Peter Levius Prague, Czech Republic 06-18-05
    Peter Levius Prague, Czech Republic 06-18-05 Member Since 2003
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    "I ve found the test online"

    I have been optimistic and thought the test should be somewhere online :) I ve found it here: www.stanford.edu/class/msande271/onlinetools/LearnedOpt.html

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Rome, GA, USA 06-04-05
    Jeff Rome, GA, USA 06-04-05
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    "Good Advice Clearly Stated"

    The author narrates this audio in a comfortable and gentle style. Dr. Seligman has condensed the insight of many years of study and experience into a short presentation. He stays on topic and does not resort to jargon or obscure scientific theorizing. If you will use the test (available free using the link on this page) and listen with an open heart and mind to his message, Dr. Seligman can help you develop a more hope filled optimistic lifestyle.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Gorham, ME, USA 10-20-03
    David Gorham, ME, USA 10-20-03
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    "Without booklet, not worth it"

    This book was probably pretty good with the self-diagnostic survey, but without it, the first 30 minutes--of a 1.5 hour tape--are not so meaningful. I'm not even sure I should bother to listen to the rest. It was a waste of my book credit.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Kapelle, Netherlands 04-29-09
    Philip Kapelle, Netherlands 04-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Outdated audiobook..... try Covey instead!"

    I am a big fan of Martin Seligman and the field of Positive Psychology. Having read the excellent "Authentic Happiness" by Seligman, I decided to give "Learned Optimism" a try on audiobook. Not very happy with what was offered here. This is a 1991 release, all of the material is also covered in "Authentic Happiness". Also, when you are listening to audiobooks in the car like I do, scoring the optimism test while driving is not going to work!

    As an advice to prospective listeners: you are much better off downloading Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits" or a more recent Seligman release.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Boulder, CO, USA 03-30-09
    Cheryl Boulder, CO, USA 03-30-09
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    "Booklet is available on Audible"

    One of the main complaints mentioned by reviewer is that the test--mentioned in the first 20 minutes of the audiobook--isn't included. If you return to the book on Audible, though, you'll find the booklet available for download. So far, I'm finding the book insightful with plenty of examples AND scientific data for the skeptical.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 02-21-07
    Jeff 02-21-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Learn the mechanics of optimism"

    An enjoyable insight into the mechanics of optimism and how it relates to you specifically. Be sure to complete the survey before listening to the audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene Poway, Ca 03-03-04
    Marlene Poway, Ca 03-03-04 Member Since 2011
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    "learned optimism"

    You need the workbook that comes with the "book", in order to LEARN OPTIMISM.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C4ww 03-09-15
    C4ww 03-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Abridged Version Lame"

    An abridged version of this book is a waste of time. I'm assuming the book in it's entirety is more effectual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolina Collao Calgary, AB Canada 02-21-15
    Carolina Collao Calgary, AB Canada 02-21-15 Member Since 2014

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    "To the point!"

    This book really explains how it is ourselves that are in control! Is up to us to bring us up or down, to be positive or negative. And yes, you can train our brain to be more positive, happier and this book can help you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stefan 12-27-14
    Stefan 12-27-14
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    "Great audiobook, but only has the practical info"

    I am disappointed that the audiobook only has the practical stuff, but you should know that going in so 5/5 considering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Phillistein
    Margate, Kent United Kingdom
    5/19/10
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    "I would give it a six if it wasn't abbreviated"

    This is an excellent snapshot of how your explanatory style leads to positive or negative thinking. Comes complete with self-test booklet and with suggestions for overcoming negative thinking patterns by disputation and diversion tactics. Deserves to be in the top one. I was put off by shortness of download but it packs a lot in. I can't see why the full version is not available. Seligman IS the father of positive psychology, learned helplessness etc

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
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    2/9/13
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    "The test is available as a download in My Library"

    There is a test required about 15 mins into the audiobook, designed to test your own levels of optimism. One reviewer claimed this was missing from the download, but it can be found as a PDF as part of your 'My Library' after purchasing the audiobook. You can also do the test online here (without even purchasing the audiobook) http://www.stanford.edu/class/msande271/onlinetools/LearnedOpt.html

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Wright
    7/8/14
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    "Concise, practical summary."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Learned Optimism to be better than the print version?

    I struggled with the print version of this book first time around, and was encouraged to go back to it because of the accessibility of the audio version. It is one of only a few books I have listened back to frequently.


    What other book might you compare Learned Optimism to, and why?

    Seven Habits of Highly Effective People for its pragmatic examples of how to adopt a positive, pro-active attitude.


    What about Martin E. P. Seligman’s performance did you like?

    Littered with examples throughout.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    One of warm encouragement.


    Any additional comments?

    A great, two hour refresher, even for those familiar with Seligman's work in positive psychology, of the mental toolkit available to help us live our best lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    1/30/15
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    "Good if you want practical exercises"

    But if you generally want to learn more about positive psychology try Shaun achors books. The questionnaire was good though. A v short audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    bolton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "a really useful book"

    i think this book will be a good read for anyone who wants to develop the way they think and how they deal with negative thoughts. nice and short but very practical!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MELKSHAM, United Kingdom
    5/21/12
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    "Useless as a download"

    If you buy the CD then this may be a great audio book as the other review sugested, but as the whole thing is dependant upon you having the booklet which comes with the CD, the booklet which doesn't come with the download...

    I could have found better ways to waste my money.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Steven Gill
    7/29/14
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    "Rubbish. Targeted at the weak and feeble minded."
    What disappointed you about Learned Optimism?

    Nothing insightful or interesting


    What will your next listen be?

    Anything has to be better than this


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sounds like he's sitting in the psychiatrists chair


    What character would you cut from Learned Optimism?

    The whole lot


    Any additional comments?

    Rubbish

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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