We live in an orderly universe. Everything happens for a reason. When I found that the people around me didn't seem to be inter ested in changing their situations, I began looking for the reasons underlying their behaviors. And I found them.
Psychologists and scholars have spent many years researching the psychology of success and the psychology of failure. And most of the studies conclude that there are two major mental blocks that hold people back. The first is what Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania, in his book, Learned Optimism (Knopf, 1990), calls "learned helplessness." According to his research, this attitude afflicts fully 80 percent of the population to some degree, and for many people it is their major obstacle to success and fulfillment.
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