This week I will be blogging on Martin Seligman's Learned Optimism, one of the fundamental books of positive psychology.
I think Seligman's starting point is true and powerful. If, when faced with adversity, you habitually believe that:
a) it is your fault;
b) it is due to a pervasive fault of yours; and
c) that this fault ruins your life; then
many things in your life, and the lives of others you interact with, will be made worse as a result.
In Seligman's terms, a pessimistic explanatory style will produce worse results than an alternative, more optimistic explanation of adversity will.