Book : Learned Optimism
Read : May 30, 2010
Components of explanation styles (Optimists vs Pessimists):
When to use Optimism:
- In an achievement situation (e.g. sales, writing a book)
- If you are concerned about how you will feel
- If the situation is likely to be protracted, and your physical health is an issue
- To lead, inspire, or win votes
When to use Pessimism:
- Plan for a risky and uncertain future
- To counsel others whose future is dim
- To appear sympathetic
- If the cost of failure is high
There are plenty of actionable insights in this book. It teaches you how to adopt optimistic and pessimissic attitudes depending on what is best for the situation, using the "ABCDE model".
Known 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 Igive-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 practicaland valuable for every phase of life.