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Martin Seligman

Martin Seligman, Ph.D. is known as the father of the new science of "positive psychology." Positive psychology includes the study of positive emotion, character traits, and institutions. Dr. Seligman is the former President of the American Psychological Association. He is the author of Learned Optimism, Authentic Happiness, and The Optimistic Child.

Learned Optimism

In Learned Optimism (review or buy), Martin Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enhances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an "I give up" habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.