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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (212 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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In the climate of self-improvement that pervades our culture, there is an overwhelming amount of information about treatments for everything from alcohol abuse to sexual dysfunction. Much of this information is exaggerated if not wholly inaccurate. As a result, people who try to change their own troubling conditions often experience the frustration of mixed success—success followed by a relapse, or outright failure.

To address this confusion, Martin Seligman has meticulously analyzed the most authoritative scientific research on treatments for alcoholism, anxiety, weight loss, anger, depression, and a range of phobias and obsessions to discover what is the most effective way to address each condition. He frankly reports what does not work, and pinpoints the techniques and therapies that work best for each condition, discussing why they work and how you can use them to make long lasting change. Inside you’ll discover the four natural healing factors for recovering from alcoholism; the vital difference between overeating and being overweight; the four therapies that work for depression, the pros and cons of anger—and much more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Psychologist Seligman here examines common psychological disorders according to their biological and societal, or learned, components…Mostly jargon-free prose complement[s] Seligman’s comprehensive, unformulaic discussion…Direct, instructive, and nonreductive, Seligman’s observations and theories are positive, realistic, and sound.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This extremely well-written book, while aimed at the lay reader, is appropriate for students and professionals as well. Highly recommended for both academic and public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “The subtitle of this psychological self-help adviser seems to promise impossibly more than could be delivered. But Seligman is so much more sensible and lucid than most self-help gurus that he encourages thinking that, yes, this is all we can say—and do—right now about changing undesirable behaviors…He advocates techniques that have demonstrably achieved lasting change or—what is far more likely—reduction in the frequency of undesired behavior. He bases his advice in sound research and highly educated inference, which means that his book constantly rewards anyone interested in individual psychology…Absolutely splendid.”


  • “Provocative overview by Seligman of human psychological and behavioral characteristics influence on adult character and worldview…Readable, solidly rooted in research, and offering—for the most part—a hopeful message.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim O'shaughnessy | 12/7/2013

    " An interesting look at genes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by mybluesunset | 11/14/2013

    " Rational analysis of methods of self improvement. With charts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 11/12/2013

    " This is mislabeled as a "guide to self-improvement." it's pretty broad but has some good observations that seem to be backed up by Seligman's career experiences about what's changeable/not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barb | 10/3/2013

    " With all of the self-improvement and pop psychology books available, I found this a refreshing look at what emotional and behavioral factors we can change and which ones we just can't. "

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