Psychologist Reveals How Understanding This #1 Thing is the Key To Overcome Setbacks and Struggles

March 21, 2024

Martin Seligman reveals the key difference between those who are able to bounce back from adversity and those who feel stuck and helpless in his book, Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life.

“Some people can put their troubles neatly into a box and go about their lives even when one important aspect of it—their job, for example, or their love life—is suffering.

Others bleed all over everything.

They catastrophize.

When one thread of their lives snaps, the whole fabric unravels.

It comes down to this:

People who make universal explanations for their failures give up on everything when a failure strikes in one area.

People who make specific explanations may become helpless in that one part of their lives yet march stalwartly on in the others.”

Martin E.P. Seligman, Author of Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

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