Learned Optimism




Too long, wish I didn't read.

For a book that is titled "Learned Optimism", it spends a remarkably little amount of content covering how to learn it. The vast majority of the book is context on the author's research on depression, learned helplessness, and factors that contribute to it.

If the book were titled "The history of Learned Helplessness how I, Seligman, contributed to it", then I would have had no problems. But the title falls far short on the promise. There are 15 chapters in the book. There is exactly one chapter, near the very end, that covers techniques for learning optimism. It provides one useful exercise. But this could have been delivered in a blog post - not in fifteen dense chapters of prose.



Created 2024-05-04T22:06:17.215000 · Edit