The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 17, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 352 pages
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In The Optimistic Child, Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman offers parents, teachers, and coaches a well-validated program to prevent depression in children. In a thirty-year study, Seligman and his colleagues discovered the link between pessimism -- dwelling on the most catastrophic cause of any setback -- and depression. Seligman shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism that can help them combat depression, achieve more on the playing field and at school, and improve their physical health.

As Seligman states in his new afterword for this edition, “Teaching children optimism is more, I realized, than just correcting pessimism . . . It is the creation of a positive strength, a sunny but solid future-mindedness that can be deployed throughout life -- not only to fight depression and to come back from failure, but also to be the foundation of success and vitality.”

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User Review  - Nayla Caruso - Goodreads

This is an excellent, helpful book. It just doesn't happen to be a 'reading' book, it's more of a reference and a book of exercises. So it's leaving my reading queue to take the pressure off, though I have every intention of continuing to work through it. Read full review

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User Review  - EunBin - Goodreads

I chose this book because I thought it would pertain the most to my life. I have suffered from low self-esteem and therefore am a pessimist. This book did not fully help me increase my self-esteem ... Read full review


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Page 7 - We want more for our children than healthy bodies. We want our children to have lives filled with friendship and love and high deeds. We want them to be eager to learn and be willing to confront challenges . . . We want them to grow up with confidence in the future, a love of adventure, a sense of justice, and courage enough to act on that sense of justice. We want them to be resilient in the face of the setbacks and failures that growing up always brings...

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Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books, including Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness. He is past president of the American Psychological Association as well as the division of clinical psychology of the American Psychological Association, and former director of clinical training in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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