The Hope Circuit

The Hope Circuit

A Psychologist's Journey From Helplessness to Optimism

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Grand Central Pub
One of the most influential living psychologists looks at the history of his life and discipline, and paints a much brighter future for everyone.

When Martin E. P. Seligman first encountered psychology in the 1960s, the field was devoted to eliminating misery: it was the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms. Today, thanks in large part to Seligman's Positive Psychology movement, it is ever more focused not on what cripples life, but on what makes life worth living--with profound consequences for our mental health.

In this wise and eloquent memoir, spanning the most transformative years in the history of modern psychology, Seligman recounts how he learned to study optimism--including a life-changing conversation with his five-year-old daughter. He tells the human stories behind some of his major findings, like CAVE, an analytical tool that predicts election outcomes (with shocking accuracy) based on the language used in campaign speeches, the international spread of Positive Education, the launch of the US Army's huge resilience program, and the canonical studies that birthed the theory of learned helplessness--which he now reveals was incorrect. And he writes at length for the first time about his own battles with depression at a young age.

In The Hope Circuit, Seligman makes a compelling and deeply personal case for the importance of virtues like hope, gratitude, and wisdom for our mental health. You will walk away from this book not just educated but deeply enriched.

Baker & Taylor
The influential former president of the American Psychological Association chronicles how the psychology profession has significantly changed since the mid-20th century, sharing the human stories behind current advances while exploring how the field has shaped politics, the military, education and life quality for everyday people. By the author of Learned Optimism. 30,000 first printing.

& Taylor

In a memoir spanning the most transformative years of modern psychology, the influential psychologist recounts how he learned to study optimism, the stories behind some of his major findings, and his own early battles with depression.

Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781610398732
Branch Call Number: 150.92 SEL
Characteristics: vii, 432 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,25 cm


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Aug 16, 2018

Some parts of this book were off-putting but every time I thought of quitting, he had something that was worth reading. I suspect that he is really into himself, but at least he shows in many locations that he can recognize his own shortcomings. I wanted to dislike the guy but found that I couldn't.

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