Seligman Successful Self-Improvement Guide
Seligman Successful Self-Improvement Guide: In the climate of self-improvement that pervades our culture, there is an overwhelming amount of information about treatments for everything from alcohol abuse to sexual dysfunction. Much of this information is exaggerated if not wholly inaccurate. As a result, people who try to change their own troubling conditions often experience the frustration of mixed success, success followed by a relapse, or outright failure.
To address this confusion, Martin Seligman has meticulously analyzed the most authoritative scientific research on treatments for alcoholism, anxiety, weight loss, anger, depression, and a range of phobias and obsessions to discover what is the most effective way to address each condition. He frankly reports what does not work, and pinpoints the techniques and therapies that work best for each condition, discussing why they work and how you can use them.
This book is a great view into the mental reasons of why we have a difficult time changing our habits. It starts with understanding the troubles of our psychological world (i.e. anxiety, phobias, depression, etc.), then discusses a number of key areas people struggle (i.e. diet, alcoholism) and finally draws a conclusion of expectations we can assume during our seasons of expansion and contraction. The studies are a little shocking in their findings, but Dr. Seligman does a wonderful job of presenting facts without conjecture. He shares his opinions with the reader without making the reader feel they were just pushed into his philosophy.
Even written over 20 years ago, the arguments still hold water ... and even though new findings have been discovered this book is a great foundation to understanding powerful change in anyone. long lasting change. Inside you’ll discover the four natural healing factors for recovering from alcoholism; the vital difference between overeating and being overweight; the four therapies that work for depression, the pros and cons of anger—and much more.
January 3, 2011So much has already been said about Seligman's book, that I think what needs to be emphasized is that this is a book based on studies of the effectiveness of various approaches to mental illness of all sorts in an attempt to give the would be patient some guidance about what to expect in the way of "cure" from any of the available therapys. Seligman is not overly optomistic, as he adhers to a belief in the gene based origin of many disorders, but he presents an honest, if not overly optomistic assessment. In many cases, the answer is to adjust to the condition as best you can, using the medications available, and accept some measure of discomfort as in inevitable. Bottom line, accept and love yourself, and let Seligman point you toward the possible therapies available.5 people found this helpfulLong term customerTop Contributor: Star Trek
July 22, 2016Truly a great read. While there are possibly some biases here, the chapters on depression, sex, dieting and alcohol were just terrific, in my view. They resonate with what I have observed in decades of mental health practice and give some realistic hope based on research. Top notch!2 people found this helpfulWullow Still
August 5, 2002This is one of the most illuminating books I've read about how we came to be who we are and what our real prospects are for healing and change. Read it slowly, pausing to reflect on how each section might apply to you and those you know.
It should be noted that this book is almost 10 years old and should be read in light of subsequent developments in therapy and pharmacology. Since it was written, for example, newer drugs have become available, and EMDR has come into wide acceptance as a potent treatment for PTSD. Nevertheless, the postulates that the self-help industry continues to recite seem to have changed very little, and I don't know of anything new that would invalidate Seligman's basic findings.13 people found this helpful