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am 31. Mai 2000
I tried to approach this book with an open mind. It is comprehensive, insightful, and well written, by one of the pioneers of the field. But essentially the message of the book is that optimists externalise failure, internalise success. If I fail, it is only a short term setback, caused by someone else; if I succeed, it is all due to my inherent, permanent qualities. Now I am sure that this is an effective strategy, and I have observed it with some envy and wonder in many "successful" people, but there is something deep within me that recoils from this mindset, that finds it dishonest, bordering on nauseating. But then I find many so-called "successful" people dishonest and nauseating. If you can stomach a strategy of self delusion, and buckpassing I would heartily recommend this book to you. It will surely aid your quest for "success", at least materially. It merely reaffirmed my position as an unreconstuctable pessimist, but then even Seligman acknowledges that pessimists are the only ones with real self knowledge.
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am 12. April 2000
Learned Optismism is a different kind of book. In the past 10 years I've read at least 10 or 12 books that deal directly or indirectly with optimism. All of those books that I read about optimism frustrated me. Their advice dealt with "what to do", but not with "how to do it". Over and over again I heard: "be optimistic, because it will improve your life". None of them told how to be optimistic.
"Learned Optimism" is different. It explains what makes people optimistic or pessimistic. It backs up that explaination with scientific experiments and statistics. It gives you a test to take to measure your level of optimism. And it provides methods to improve your level of optimism.
I've read "Learned Optimism" three times, memorized and applied the techniques, given it to friends and tried to apply it to business. If you don't read this book, you are overlooking one of the best sources of wisdom available today.
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am 23. Oktober 1999
There's a reason this book is selling so well. Seligman has been able to whittle down the tremendous amount known about the subject into three fundamental principles. There is a test in the book so you can find out in what area you are weak. I did it, and so did my wife, and we both were able to pinpoint a specific change in our way of describing negative events to ourselves that really made a difference to both of us. The fact that Seligman narrows it down to a few very effective principles makes the material much easier to understand and apply. He doesn't try to tell you everything. He focuses on just what will make a difference.
I'm the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and I'm an expert on optimism, and this book is the one I recommend more often than any other. Seligman is a careful, conscientious scientist and his conclusions are rock-solid.
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am 20. Juni 2010
Dieses Buch hat nur einen Nachteil: Die deutsche Ausgabe (Titel s.o.) ist ständig vergriffen. Eine echte Marktlücke, finde ich. Allerdings ist es klar und einfach geschrieben, so dass auch die englische Ausgabe kein unüberwindliches Hindernis darstellt.

Was es bietet: einen empirisch gut abgestützten Begriff vcn 'Optimismus' und 'Pessimismus', der auf drei Dimensionen operiert, die leicht eingängig und nachvollziehbar sind. Und: eine ganze Reihe von Tests, in denen der eigene Optimismus bzw. Pessimismus messbar wird. Der Autor warnt vor: Auch wenn Sie selbst sich für optimistisch halten, wird Ihr Testergebnis vielleicht etwas ganz anderes aussagen. Und in der Tat, die Tests bergen Überraschungen und damit auch die Möglichkeit, sich selbst auf die Spur zu kommen an Stellen, die man sonst vielleicht gar nicht beachtet hätte. Dann folgen eine Reihe von Übungen, die darauf angelegt sind, die eigenen Optimismus-Werte zu verbessern - und die haben tatsächlich jede Menge Gute-Laune-Potential.

Dass der Autor ein berühmter Therapeut ist, hindert ihn nicht, seine eigenen Alltags-Abstürze offen und ehrlich zu schildern, was ihn für mich sehr sympathisch gemacht hat.

Insgesamt also ein erfreuliches Leseerlebnis, das deutlich mehr Energie gibt, als man anfangs investieren muss.
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am 16. September 1999
The thing that consistently surprised me about this book was the way that the author was able to provide extensive scientific verification for his claims. Most "self-help" books have anecdotal evidence at best to support their hypotheses. This book solidly supports its conclusions by means of numerous formal studies. Moreover, some of the material is very counter-intuitive. Attitudes one would have assumed were optimistic turn out to be pessimistic, and vice-versa.
Seligman shows repeatedly where actual, testable predictions have been made based on his notions of optimism/pessimism, and the predictions have turned out to be well-founded. This requires careful, systematic definitions of terms, which he provides.
Equally interesting was Seligman's analysis of the consequenses of optimism and pessimism, and his demonstration that optimism can be learned, with beneficial results that extend well beyond "feeling good."
I highly recommend this book.
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am 26. Dezember 2011
It is true, that the book contains a lot of details and therefore is not easy to read, but I would not go as far as to call it difficult.

In my opinion the information about certain psychological schools as well as the details about various psychological studies are directly connected to the understanding of the connection of pessimism and depression. The critique of the Freudian Psychoanalysis for example suggests, that this classical approach (among others) is probably not very effective when it comes to treat depressions, and I found this indeed to be helpful to "allow" myself to change my point of view on classical psychological approaches. This change of perspective then helped me to become more open to the concepts and ideas that followed, which in itself is a progress towards optimism. So I concluded that this details are not mere anecdotes but are specifically chosen to allow a gradual shift in perspective, that could not happen in less then ten pages.

I believe Martin Seligman intentionally presents a lot of scientific proof to help the readers build trust in his viewpoint. Or to put it differently: If you have a tendency towards pessimism and you are sceptical of "positive thinking" or optimism, in order to make a shift in thinking and allow yourself to built trust in the actual advantages of optimism and above all the ACTUAL POSSIBILITY of LEARNING to become optimistic, it really helps to know, that what you read is not just "pep talk" but is based on actual scientific research.

As far as "self diagnosis" is concerned, Seligman repeatetly urges readers who use the self testing questionaires and get the impression they might be severly depressive to seek professional help from trained psychologists, while making clear that a book is in no way a replacement for a professional psychological treatment. I think he even encourages his readers to take signs of depression more seriously.

I for my part enjoyed reading the book and it really helped me to get a more positive and hopeful outlook on optimisim and my life as a whole. I even found the book to be entertaining although of course I wouldn't expect a scientist to write as entertaining as a novelist to begin with.

So, if you have the feeling that the qualitiy of your life is getting limited by your pessimism and you are interested in changing that, this book will defenitly help you. If you seek help for severe psychological problems, you should not misunderstand this book as a replacement for professional help, but rather a hint in the right direction. A very useful hint nonetheless. At last, if you are looking for a simple, easy to read motivational book this is not the right choice.
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am 24. November 1999
I am a commercial real estate broker. Some years back, when I was involved in apartment rentals, and shortly after the first edition of the book was published, I decided, in an effort to enhance my production, to try the "Adversity-Belief-Consequences-Disputation-Energization" technique the author described. I was nothing short of amazed at the results. My production shot up! I had the two best months ever in the business. Perhaps luck was involved, but I have repeated the process numerous times over the years, particularly when I am suffering from an emotional lull, and invariably, something positive happens to me, in either my business or personal life. There is something almost eerie about this, and frankly if I didn't experience this myself, I doubt I would believe someone else recounting the same experience. I can only assume that by requiring you to LOGICALLY come up with reasons for thinking positively (rather than the b.s. along the lines of "I'm getting better and better every day")this manifests itself in small, subtle but detectible changes in your behavior. I highly recommend this book as a "thinking man's" self-help book, for people who are too well-educated to respond to meaningless self-talk.
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am 5. Februar 1999
While many books explain the personal benefits of "positive thinking", repeating positive mantras, and taking positive action, this book is critically important because it shows you just how much advantage an optimistic outlook provides. The evidence is so overwhelming that I found myself realizing that everyone needs to adopt more optimism in the important areas of their life. I liked the self-administered tests in the book for checking my optimism, that of my wife, and that of my children. I have always prided myself on being realistic, and still value that quality. What I learned is that being realistic should be combined with feeling optimistic about creating ways to improve the realistic situation as I understand it. That distinction is one that has been critically valuable in my life. I strongly recommend that you read this book, and share it with people you care about. For an organization, thinking about these issues could be a critical advantage.
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am 24. Juli 1997
I am a psychologist who read this book in order to facilitate my work with clients. Dr. Seligman presents a pursuasive review of his research into the effects of learned optimism on mood, performance, health, etc. His three dimensions of thinking--pervasiveness, permanence, and personalness--provide the reader with a concrete, easily understandible description of their cognitive processes, thus facilitating both monitoring and changing these processes. Because his research spans several diverse areas including health, sales success, sports, politics, his methods are beleivable to even the most die-hard psychological skeptic. I highly recommended this book for both professionals and any one else interested in changing their life for the better through making simple alterations in their ways of thinking
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am 12. Februar 1999
Unlike most self help books Seligman's work is based on actual research. I would really recommend this book for people who are sick of the positive thinking movement but would still like some of the benefits. From the reviews here you might think this is just another Polyanna book. Seligman does not say that optimistic people are superior to others. In fact, he says that pessimists are more realistic. Optimists make good sales people, but you wouldn't want them to be elevator inspectors.
Seligman advocates mature optimism. Basically the higher the cost of being wrong, the more it pays to be a pessimist. With that said there are a host of benefits to be had from optimism.
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