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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,769 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin E. P. Seligman Narrator: Martin E. P. Seligman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Are you holding yourself back?

Without knowing it, most of us impose limits on our achievement and our happiness by approaching life’s problems and challenges with unnecessary pessimism. Now, Dr. Martin Seligman, a pioneer in cognitive psychology and motivational research, tells you how to identify your own self-defeating thought patterns—and how to harness the powers of your conscious mind to break those patterns.

Here is the science of personal control. Based on years of rigorous research, Learned Optimism examines the importance of “explanatory style”—the way in which we explain our problems and setbacks to ourselves—and offers a series of exercises that will help you target unhealthy habits of pessimistic thinking and bring them under your control. More powerful and pragmatic than a simple program of positive thinking, Dr. Seligman’s principles of reasoned, flexible optimism will help you:

•  Attain maximum personal achievement
•  Avoid feelings of helplessness and depression
•  Develop a hopeful, healthy outlook
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Quotes & Awards

  • “A marvelous achievement! Learned Optimism blends hard-edged science with practical advice to give us an understanding of how we hold ourselves back and how we can change for the better.”

    Dr. Wayne Dyer, New York Times bestselling author of Wishes Fulfilled

  • “An absolute must-read for all persons interested in genuinely understanding and helping our fellow human beings.”

    Dr. Robert H. Schuller, New York Times bestselling author of Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!

  • “Vaulted me out of my funk…so, fellow moderate pessimists, go buy this book.”

    New York Times

  • “A system for reforming the most entrenched pessimist.”

    Philadelphia Daily News

  • “A lively, very accessible book on the power of a positive outlook and how to develop it…Presented for lay readers, this book can be highly recommended to professionals as well for its lucid and informative introduction to cognitive therapy and its approach to issues of mood and depression.”

    Library Journal

  • “Offer[s] a program that anyone can use to conquer depression.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maile | 2/19/2014

    " I realyl wanted to like this one, but it just didn't connect for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate Chernivsky | 2/17/2014

    " I think this book was written for me! I wish someone would have taught me about this when I was 10. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marge | 2/16/2014

    " Even though this book has been around several years and often heard it referreed to, I never thought it was important enought to read. I knew I was a pessimist, but didn't realize how much that has impacted my life. There are many treasures in this book and whether you want to improve the way you react for work or just living or for helping your children be optimists, it is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting and Practical book. I heard a motivational speaker use material from this book. It was a good review of the benefits from optimism and how to change pessimistic thoughts. Easy to skim through. "

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