Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life Martin E.P. Seligman

Don’t confuse this for another bullshit self-help guide. This book is actually based on Dr. Seligman’s (and others’) extensive scientific research. It includes tests that offer valuable insight and effective techniques to battle those crippling negative thoughts. It’s a bit lengthy, but that’s the only downside I could find. Strongly recommended to anyone struggling with feelings of helplessness, pessimism, and/or depression.

Here’s a quick summary:
1) Be specific. I’m not a bad person. I just made a mistake.
2) Notice the tendency to think of a negative outcome as more likely than a positive one.
3) Notice the tendency to take responsibility or blame yourself for things that could possibly be someone else’s fault.
The book includes a word of caution about blaming others. The idea isn’t to shirk self-responsibility, it’s just to notice and reframe the knee-jerk habit of always blaming oneself for life’s problems.

The book raised my awareness to unhealthy thinking habits and gave me better solutions

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