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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This book has changed my life. Dr. Seligman has helped me to find out the exact reason which was causing my pain, and I am on my way to banish them from my life. It's not that I don't confront those stressful situation in my life. I have them and I handle them with much more control. I have started new venture, I am not overwhelmed with the tasks of it and I am in total control of it. Though I can not communicate with you by other means, this is my very ery small tribute to you. If you ever read this, let me know you that this is my very very small tribute to you. You have repaired what was causing extreme pain to me. THANK YOU ! THANK YOU VERY MUCH !! 

Contents

Where Boomer Child Rearing Went Wrong
25
Is Your Child an Optimist or a Pessimist?
47
How to Raise Children to Optimism and Mastery
113
The Children of the Twentyfirst Century
275
A Progress Report on Optimism
300
Notes
309
Acknowledgements
324
Index
329
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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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