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Learned Optimism Audiobook

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

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Publisher's Summary

You can acquire optimism and significantly improve your life! Are you an optimist or a pessimist? How often do you take on exciting new projects or celebrate your successes? Now psychologist Martin E.P. Seligman, one of the world's experts on motivation, shows you how to chart a new approach to living with "flexible optimism." Dr. Seligman's principles of reasoned, flexible optimism will help you rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts.

Learned Optimism shows you how to:

  • Attain maximum personal achievement
  • Boost your mood - and your immune system - with healthful thoughts
  • Help your children by practicing the patterns of thought that encourage optimism at an early age
  • Change your interior dialogue and experience the astonishing positive results

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©1991 Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1991 Simon & Schuster Audio, All Rights Reserved; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Phillistein Margate, Kent United Kingdom 19/05/2010
    Phillistein Margate, Kent United Kingdom 19/05/2010

    eager reader

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    "I would give it a six if it wasn't abbreviated"

    This is an excellent snapshot of how your explanatory style leads to positive or negative thinking. Comes complete with self-test booklet and with suggestions for overcoming negative thinking patterns by disputation and diversion tactics. Deserves to be in the top one. I was put off by shortness of download but it packs a lot in. I can't see why the full version is not available. Seligman IS the father of positive psychology, learned helplessness etc

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew London, UK 09/02/2013
    Andrew London, UK 09/02/2013 Member Since 2012

    I'm an actor, voice over, and occasional writer & teacher. Trained at Bristol Old Vic, and live in East London.

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    "The test is available as a download in My Library"

    There is a test required about 15 mins into the audiobook, designed to test your own levels of optimism. One reviewer claimed this was missing from the download, but it can be found as a PDF as part of your 'My Library' after purchasing the audiobook. You can also do the test online here (without even purchasing the audiobook) http://www.stanford.edu/class/msande271/onlinetools/LearnedOpt.html

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Wright 08/07/2014
    Tony Wright 08/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Concise, practical summary."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Learned Optimism to be better than the print version?

    I struggled with the print version of this book first time around, and was encouraged to go back to it because of the accessibility of the audio version. It is one of only a few books I have listened back to frequently.


    What other book might you compare Learned Optimism to, and why?

    Seven Habits of Highly Effective People for its pragmatic examples of how to adopt a positive, pro-active attitude.


    What about Martin E. P. Seligman’s performance did you like?

    Littered with examples throughout.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    One of warm encouragement.


    Any additional comments?

    A great, two hour refresher, even for those familiar with Seligman's work in positive psychology, of the mental toolkit available to help us live our best lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Broadest 06/09/2017
    James Broadest 06/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Would better with a download of the reference Qs"

    A large section of this book refers to a list of questions from which you analyse your own responses. It doesn't work unless you have the set of questions so you can't analyse your own thought process in the way the book is designed. That said, I found the rest of the contents very interesting and it will change my approach to certain matters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikita Shilenok 29/07/2017
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    "This is scam. Original books it much longer."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Include a whole book. I have a hard copy at home that I am reading, however I decided to buy an audiobook to be able to listen is on the go. I was shocked when I have discovered that lot of chapters are missing without reasoning. I believe it is a scam, cause you do not mention that you have cut parts out.


    What was most disappointing about Martin E. P. Seligman’s story?

    He is fine. You are disappointing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Martin E. P. Seligman’s performances?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Give me my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nina Weissman London 22/08/2016
    Nina Weissman London 22/08/2016 Member Since 2016

    Penina Weissman

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    "Excellent. Exceeded expectations."
    What did you like most about Learned Optimism?

    Strong advice about health happiness and success.


    Any additional comments?

    This book offers strong advice about health, happiness and success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Juliet R Meyers 19/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't have scorecard"

    Love theory, advice and v interesting but audiobook talks about behaviour scorecard which can't see cod audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam S 24/04/2016
    Sam S 24/04/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "A Taster into the subject"

    Very short book, gets interesting but over so quickly. Felt like a taster into a subject , that requires deeper training to break old habits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Birmingham, United Kingdom 30/01/2015
    Mrs Birmingham, United Kingdom 30/01/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Good if you want practical exercises"

    But if you generally want to learn more about positive psychology try Shaun achors books. The questionnaire was good though. A v short audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony bolton, United Kingdom 23/12/2012
    Tony bolton, United Kingdom 23/12/2012 Member Since 2014
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    "a really useful book"

    i think this book will be a good read for anyone who wants to develop the way they think and how they deal with negative thoughts. nice and short but very practical!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Peter Levius
    Prague, Czech Republic
    18/06/05
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    "I ve found the test online"

    I have been optimistic and thought the test should be somewhere online :) I ve found it here: www.stanford.edu/class/msande271/onlinetools/LearnedOpt.html

    43 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    Rome, GA, USA
    04/06/05
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    "Good Advice Clearly Stated"

    The author narrates this audio in a comfortable and gentle style. Dr. Seligman has condensed the insight of many years of study and experience into a short presentation. He stays on topic and does not resort to jargon or obscure scientific theorizing. If you will use the test (available free using the link on this page) and listen with an open heart and mind to his message, Dr. Seligman can help you develop a more hope filled optimistic lifestyle.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Kapelle, Netherlands
    29/04/09
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    "Outdated audiobook..... try Covey instead!"

    I am a big fan of Martin Seligman and the field of Positive Psychology. Having read the excellent "Authentic Happiness" by Seligman, I decided to give "Learned Optimism" a try on audiobook. Not very happy with what was offered here. This is a 1991 release, all of the material is also covered in "Authentic Happiness". Also, when you are listening to audiobooks in the car like I do, scoring the optimism test while driving is not going to work!

    As an advice to prospective listeners: you are much better off downloading Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits" or a more recent Seligman release.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    03/02/16
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    "What you should know."
    What disappointed you about Learned Optimism?

    I had not looked at how long the recording was before I downloaded it. I was under the impression that the whole book would be read. Really, it is an addition to the book that is from the author explaining how to determine if you were an optimist or a pessimist. This would not be a suitable download if you are wanting the whole book read to you.


    What about Martin E. P. Seligman’s performance did you like?

    Easy pace. Easy to understand and follow.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have really liked to have the whole book read to me.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Gorham, ME, USA
    20/10/03
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    "Without booklet, not worth it"

    This book was probably pretty good with the self-diagnostic survey, but without it, the first 30 minutes--of a 1.5 hour tape--are not so meaningful. I'm not even sure I should bother to listen to the rest. It was a waste of my book credit.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    Boulder, CO, USA
    30/03/09
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    "Booklet is available on Audible"

    One of the main complaints mentioned by reviewer is that the test--mentioned in the first 20 minutes of the audiobook--isn't included. If you return to the book on Audible, though, you'll find the booklet available for download. So far, I'm finding the book insightful with plenty of examples AND scientific data for the skeptical.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    13/03/17
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    "what a waste of a Credit. The recording spends hal"

    What a waste of a Credit. The recording spends half​ of the time talking about some quiz that comes with the book but obviously doesn't come with the Audible option. Then you add on the fact that it is only an hour and a half for a 500 page book and you are not left that much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    ALTUS, OK, United States
    30/05/16
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    "Waste of time"

    No substantial information here. No research, no studies, etc. Just anecdotal fluff. This all hinges ob a theory that everyone dalls into one category or the other, so if you don't, you're still on your own figuring things out. Also quite dry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • B. Freyermuth
    05/02/16
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    "Very enlightening."

    If you have anxiety about a certain situation or tend to think on the negative side, I highly recommend this book. It has practical exercises that you can use to think of a problem with a better perspective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeff
    21/02/07
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    "Learn the mechanics of optimism"

    An enjoyable insight into the mechanics of optimism and how it relates to you specifically. Be sure to complete the survey before listening to the audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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