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The Intelligent Optimist's Guide to Life by Jurriaan Kamp

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[chapter 2]

A KEY TO HEALTH, HAPPINESS, AND SUCCESS

An overview of the compelling research that showsthat optimism supports your health and happinessand leads to success.

LEARNED HELPLESSNESS

The research into the impact of an optimistic lifestyle on the health of an individual began with American psychologist Martin Seligman. Seligman started his career at the University of Pennsylvania in clinical psychology by doing what many others had done before him. He began looking for what was wrong with people and would try to fix it. Psychology subscribed to the disease model of human functioning, with the main purpose of intervention being to repair damage. The general perspective on health is the same: Health is the absence of illness. We talk about ...

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