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Breaking Murphy's Law: How Optimists Get What They Want from Life - and Pessimists Can Too [Hardcover]

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Pages   232
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.7" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 26, 2006
Publisher   The Guilford Press
ISBN  1593852096  
EAN  9781593852092  

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According to psychologist Suzanne Segerstrom, rose-colored glasses may look silly, but they're actually quite practical. In Breaking Murphy's Law, she surveys the scientific data on optimism (including her own award-winning research) to reveal that it's not what you believe about the future that matters, but what you do about it. While pessimists debate whether their goals are attainable, optimists are out there trying to achieve them. Without insisting that readers learn to "think positive," Breaking Murphy's Law teaches them practical ways to appropriate the habits and skills that optimists use to get what they want from life. Segerstrom-who reluctantly admits her research on the topic has transformed her into an optimist-imparts the lesson with a mix of humor and intelligence that will convince even the most cynical readers that a brighter tomorrow might be just around the corner.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Suzanne C. Segerstrom, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She has conducted extensive research on the relationship between optimism and well-being. Dr. Segerstrom's work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Norman Cousins Program, and the Dana Foundation. She is also a winner of the prestigious Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, awarded in recognition of her work on optimism. She lives near Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and their dogs.

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Great information delivered with a touch of humor!  May 12, 2008
Loved the book.

Solid information delivered with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor! Easy to understand for those of us who are not psychologists, yet had depth of content, historical perspective about optimism, and description of research the author has been involved in. Worth reading and discussing.
Excellent Content Well-Covered  Oct 16, 2006
I absolutely loved this book. It covers positive psychology (happiness/optimism/goal setting/motivation) in great depth and over a broad range of applications. The author stresses that the rewards of optimism are attained by "doing" optimism rather than just thinking optimistically. Based on this premise, the book is very pragmatic and can actually be applied to improve the quality of your experience..

The tone of the book was fairly scientific and included many case studies to support the author's conclusions. The only thing that prevents me from awarding five stars, is the fact that, at times, the writing style felt more like I was reading a doctoral dissertation instead of a book for the general population. I actually enjoyed the scientific nature of the book; however it just gets a bit dense/dry in certain parts with a bit of unecessary repetition. This, however, does not tarnish the overall message and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.

The bottom line . . . if you want a book that explores positive psychology in greater depth than some of the platitude-filled feel good books in this genre than this is the book for you!
A well-rounded view of optimism  Aug 26, 2006
I was at first hesitant to purchase this book with its title seemingly dreamed-up by a marketing department that hadn't read the book, an unfortunate mismatch for the academic credentials and soon-to-discovered depth of the author. Being an optimist myself, I took a chance on the book and am I glad that I did. Admittedly at first, some of the cited studies and findings seemed familiar from the media. But gratefully that turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg for what in every way is an in-depth, thorough review of this all-important topic. The author's tone is both professional and personable, and especially in the footnotes, funny. Cover to cover the author's a great reading companion and this is especially a perfect end-of-summer/autumn read that will help you to see the brighter, sunny side of life even if optimism doesn't come naturally to you. The message of the book is ultimately encouraging for those who aren't born optimists. Without making frequent reference to it, this book is a fine addition to the growing literature of Happiness and Positive Psychology.

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