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The Science of Optimism and Hope: Research Essays in Honor of Martin E. P. Seligman (Laws of Life Symposia Series, V. 2) [Hardcover]

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Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.54"
Weight:   2.04 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2000
Publisher   Templeton Foundation Press
ISBN  1890151246  
EAN  9781890151249  

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Optimism and hope are not random feelings; they can be conscious choices. Martin E.P. Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of the world's leading authorities on learned helplessness and its relation to optimism and hope. He is also the best-selling author of Learned Optimism (Knopf, 1991). In recognition of his contribution to the field, the John Templeton Foundation hosted a symposium in 1998 to honor his work and to document its tremendous influence on the world of psychological research. This volume brings together eminent psychologists and professionals whose work has been greatly influenced by Seligman's innovative approach. The contributions include those of Steven Maier who examines the neurobiology of helplessness and resilience. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema looks at resilience among bereaved people and how personality variables, such as optimism and coping styles, can affect this state. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi relates his research in understanding happiness by focusing on the phenomenon of "flow," a state of present-mindedness that happens when people are totally immersed in what they love doing. David Myers discusses the relationship of hope and happiness to religion. Dr. Seligman's work in learning how to transform negative thoughts offers many people the opportunity to rise above pessimism and depression. The impact of these feelings on our physical and psychological states can be proved and studied, as this volume so clearly demonstrates. Features Presents scientific research on the study of optimism and hope Demonstrates the relationship between coping styles and health Laws of Life Symposia Series, no. 2

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Better on Optimism than on Pessimism  Dec 7, 2002
Dr. Seligman has become well known for his work on optimism (i.e., Learned Optimism). But this edited collection of essays and his Positive Psychology movement in general, do not show a very sophisticated understanding of psychological research and theory on pessimism. This edited volume can be compared directly with: Optimism & Pessimism: Implications for Theory, Research, and Practice, Edited by Edward C. Chang. I find Chang's book to be more scholarly, better balanced, and thus more informative. Unrealistic optimism is no adequate replacement for the authenticity of anxiety and worry or the adaptive value of constructive pessimism.
Personal essays on optimism and hope  Mar 21, 2001
Martin Seligman is really worth of this book. He speaks now about positive psychology after 100 years of negative psychology. Essential to positive psychology are concepts of optimism and hope. Without these human beings would have perished. Essays have been written by leading authorities in this area. Language is clear and the chapters can be understood by laymen. Health, family and therapy related research is discussed in the book. The style is quite free and personal comments are included. I recommend this book for those who have some basic knowledge in psychology.

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