Improve your life through optimistic thinking
Optimism and pessimism are two opposite ways of looking at life. Pessimists are more inclined to become depressed and tend to have poorer physical health and less professional success than optimists. “Learning Optimism”, by Martin E.P. Seligman, allows us to understand whether we have any pessimistic tendencies and offers us some simple, tried and tested techniques to free ourselves from the grip of pessimism and avert the risk of sinking into a deep depression.
Many useful tips to:
- Learn to face adversity with optimism.
- Find the strength to persevere instead of giving up when things get hard.
- Reduce the risk of falling into depression.
- Be more effective and accomplished at work.
- Enjoy greater psychophysical well-being.
Optimism and pessimism: two opposite ways of looking at life
When faced with the adversities of life, pessimists tend to believe that negative events last a long time, destroy everything and are their own fault. Conversely, optimists think of misfortune as a temporary event caused by specific circumstances. For optimistic individuals, failure is not a consequence of their own mistakes, but of circumstances, of bad luck or of someone else’s actions. For this reason, unlike the pessimists, optimists are not discouraged after a loss or defeat and they see a negative situation as a challenge or an obstacle to be overcome. The good news is that pessimism can be avoided: pessimists can in fact learn to be optimists by learning a new set of cognitive skills. This book will help you discover your own pessimistic tendencies and present some tried and tested techniques from the field of cognitive psychology to help free you from the grip of pessimism and avert the risk of falling into depression.
The key ideas of "Learned Optimism"
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