4130: Learned Optimism

About the Course:

This book is a psychological discussion of pessimism, optimism, learned helplessness, explanatory style, and depression, and how these affect success, health, and quality of life.


Seligman, Martin E.P., Ph.D.

About the Author:

He is professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and past president of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Seligman is the leading authority in the world on learned helplessness and on explanatory style. He has written more than 12 books and more than one hundred fifty articles on motivation. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Course Objectives:

  1. to be able to describe how pessimists and optimists tend to think about life

  2. to be able to explain how rumination combined with pessimistic explanatory style contribute to depression

  3. to be able to teach others the skills of learned optimism

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