Learned Optimism

Learned optimism, like learned helplessness, is a mental and emotional state that can be trained and cultivated. As part of the perspective of positive psychology learning optimism can be accomplished by consciously challenging any negative self talk. This is done by recognizing the negative self-talk that we all engage in sometimes such as "I'm not good-looking enough," "I'm too fat," "I'm just a loser," etc. Once these negative thoughts are recognized it is necessary to substitute positive and optimistic self-talk, such as "I am strong and healthy," "My weight is just right for my body type," and "I'm the best person that I can be."

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