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Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
     

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

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by Martin E. P. Seligman, Jesse Boggs (Read by)
 

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Internationally esteemed psychologist Seligman has been on the cutting edge of psychological research for more than two decades, pioneering a science that improves people’s lives. Now he has written his most life-changing book yet: Flourish, a new theory of satisfaction and purpose that will electrify his already massive audience. Building on his

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Internationally esteemed psychologist Seligman has been on the cutting edge of psychological research for more than two decades, pioneering a science that improves people’s lives. Now he has written his most life-changing book yet: Flourish, a new theory of satisfaction and purpose that will electrify his already massive audience. Building on his game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character, here is how to get life right.

In a fascinating evolution of thought, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about: Well-Being. And the four pillars of Well-Being—positive emotions, relationships, accomplishment, meaning and purpose—the greatest is meaning and purpose. Flourish’s thought-provoking narrative supports its arguments in inspiring stories of Positive Psychology in action, including: in the U.S. Army to improve soldiers’ emotional resilience during and after service; in innovative schools that educate and motivate; and in corporations to improve performance and goal-setting. With its interactive exercises that help listeners explore their own attitudes and aims, Flourish is a watershed in the understanding of happiness as well as a tool for getting the most out of life.

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"Repaves the path to true happiness. A relentlessly optimistic guidebook on finding and securing individual happiness." –Kirkus

"Important" —Publishers Weekly

"I was immediately charmed... Seligman's intentions are admirable and exciting. He is consumed by his mission, which is to take psychology on from its traditional role in alleviating misery, and broaden it into positive psychology — the entirely different art of teaching us how to be wiser, stronger, more generous to others, more self-disciplined, and more capable of dealing with difficulty and rejection... The book is full of nuggets about why positive approaches work."

The Sunday Times

In his first new book in a dozen years, psychologist Martin Seligman (Authentic Happiness) turns psychology upside down. While others view its goal as the relief of human suffering, Dr. Seligman believes that it should be an affirmative enterprise focused on nurturing optimism, motivation, well-being, and healthy self-actualization. Flourish lays out both the rationale behind Positive Psychology and describes the five pillars that make authentic fulfillment possible. A confident stride towards deep self-improvement.

Publishers Weekly
Seligman, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the guru of the "positive psychology" movement, abandons his previous emphasis on happiness, which he now views as simplistic, to examine how individuals might achieve a richer, multilayered goal: a life of well-being. He identifies four factors that can help individuals thrive: positive emotion, engagement with what one is doing, a sense of accomplishment, and good relationships. Those expecting a guide on how to achieve these goals will be disappointed; Seligman's approach is largely conceptual and empirical, although he has some useful things to say, such as how even soldiers with PTSD can be taught resilience to recover and even grow from their traumas, and how students of all ages can be taught focus, delayed gratification, and GRIT, a combination of drive and perseverance. But Seligman includes too much on the mechanics of conducting his studies. Also, he can be self-congratulatory regarding his own theory, and harsh and reductionist on traditional treatments ("psychology-as-usual—the psychology of victims and negative emotions and alienation and pathology and tragedy"). This is a potentially important book whose impact may be limited by its flaws. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Former president of the division of clinical psychology of the American Psychological Association, Seligman (psychology, Univ. of Pennsylvania) wrote the book on positive psychology. Here, he goes beyond his previous volumes (Learned Optimism; Authentic Happiness) by explaining how to achieve well-being by mastering its components—positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and purpose, and accomplishment. Seligman expands his prescription for personal happiness and demonstrates how teaching resiliency to young people, those in the armed services, and business personnel has helped them overcome trauma and flourish in their environments. Seligman includes over 40 pages of annotated bibliography, websites, and interviews. This is particularly helpful for people who want to know why learned optimism works and the variety of venues in which it has been successful.
Library Journal - Library Journal Audio
After Seligman's best-selling Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness, surely you have found a way to Flourish. But if not, Seligman gives you the means, stressing that well-being is founded on positive emotions, relationships, accomplishment, meaning, and purpose. Anecdotes and exercises; for the self-help crowd.
Kirkus Reviews

The former president of the American Psychological Association repaves the path to true happiness.

Seligman (Authentic Happiness, 2002, etc.) parlays his 20-year experience studying and applying theories about personal contentment into an instructional book on personal growth through affirmative, upbeat reinforcement—a continuance of the author's "positive psychology" movement. The author surprisingly admits that the word happiness has become virtually meaningless because of its rampant overuse in contemporary society, and he focuses on the promotion of individual well-being. Promoting these concepts in schools and the armed forces ("resilience training") could be a key element, he writes, in the advancement of happiness in youth and those consistently engaged in difficult, demanding situations. Seligman discredits the rampant overuse of anti-depressants in the administration of "biological psychiatry," advocating instead for increased curative efforts rather than temporary symptom suppression. Utilizing interactive exercises, case histories and examples from everyday life (health and wealth factors), the author energetically coaches those interested in self-improvement and personal growth. But is acquiring happiness such a complex, theoretical accomplishment? Seligman believes so and never wavers in his belief in a well-honed, systematic process of managed satisfaction. Though certain sections become garrulous and repetitive, graphs, charts and tables offer refreshingly visual proof of the success of his model, including a reprint of his "Signature Strengths Test." An elusive quality for some, a natural condition for others, happiness, Seligman avows, is a priceless emotion to cultivate and preserve.

A relentlessly optimistic guidebook on finding and securing individual happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442339057
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
8
Sales rank:
679,069
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., the Robert A. Fox Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, works on positive psychology, learned helplessness, depression, ethnopolitical conflict, and optimism. Dr. Seligman's work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He is the director of the Positive Psychology Network and scientific director of Foresight, Inc., a testing company that predicts success in various walks of life.
He was for fourteen years the Director of the Clinical Training Program of the University of Pennsylvania and was named a "Distinguished Practitioner" by the National Academies of Practice. In 1995, he received the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's award for "Distinguished Contributions to Science and Practice."

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