Learned Optimism

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Title Learned Optimism
Publication Type Book
Pub Year 1992
Authors Seligman, M. E. P.
Publisher Pocket Books
Keywords depression, positiveness
Notes depression"It's a disturbing idea, that depressed people see reality correctly while nondepressed people distort reality in a self-serving way. As a therapist I was trained to believe that it was my job to help depressed patients both to feel happier and to see the world more clearly. I was supposed to be the agent of happiness and of truth. But maybe truth and happiness antagonize each other. Perhaps what we have considered good therapy for a depressed patient merely nurtures benign illusions, making the patient think his world is better than it actually is." (p. 108)
URL http://books.google.com/books?id=mDRgQgAACAAJ