|I'm not a bad person||The father calls her name, expecting that she will turn her head and look at him|
|promise yourself that you would find the time later in the day to think about things, more rationally and thoroughly||He imagines only the worst: no hearing, no development of language, his beautiful child cut off from the social world, locked in soundless isolation|
Don't confuse this for another bullshit self-help guide.
|"Just when he was about to leap from a window in despair, William K||"Vaulted me out of my funk|
|Long ago I read some N||the professor might as well have been an ass|
The first group was shocked, but were situated such that they could learn to turn off the shock by pushing a button with their noses.19
|When a bad thing happens, an optimistic person doesn't paint over it, declaring "It will be totally fine, I'm happy! Seligman doesn't call it this--I can't remember his wording, and he explains it a lot better than I do here||Elizabeth dredged up memories that seemed to her to confirm her extreme verdict: the time in seventh grade when she had copied test answers from another girl's paper; the time in England when she had failed to correct the misimpression of some English friends that she came from a wealthy family|
|and are their own fault||He leads us through his intellectual journey, beginning when as a young grad student, he was exposed to a study in which a group I was expecting Learned Optimism to be as airy-fairy and worthless as Full Catastrophe Living, and was very pleased to discover that it is quite the opposite|
Specifically, the author argues that the downsides of pessimism are many, while the upside of pessimism is only that pessimistic people are more objectively correct and wiser.