The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience (Google eBook)
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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Review: The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong ResilienceUser Review - Frank Lawler - Goodreads
Most of the meat of this book could be reduced to a twenty page pamphlet. The rest of it feels filled with anecdotes about the progress of his research assistants. Seligman seems more concerned about ... Read full review
Review: The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong ResilienceUser Review - Goodreads
As a person fighting depression for over twenty years and a mother of a young child, this book has been enlightening and has given me hope to raise a child that won't have to fight the same battle I ... Read full review