learned optimism (idea)
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|A theory by the famous Martin Seligman about how to turn [learned helplessness] around. Notice the steps in this model follow the first 5 letters of the alphabet.
Adversity: recognize [when] adversity strikes. damn, i failed out of college.
Beliefs: be aware of what [you] believe about the adversity. i am an [idiot], this is the proof that everyone has been [look]ing for.
Consequences: what consequences flow from your beliefs? i might as well settle for a [life] with less ambitious [goals]. making popcorn at the drive-in was fine last [summer] so it will be fine for the rest of [my life].
wait, half the [class] failed that one course, and that other teacher hated me because i refused to be a school-robot!
Energization: be aware of a set of new [consequence]s that could stem from following different beliefs. summer [school] isn't that [bad].