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

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by Martin E. P. Seligman, Lisa Jaycox, Jane Gillham, Karen Reivich
     
 

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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

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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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618918096
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/17/2007
Edition description:
None
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
88,836
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

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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Optimistic Child 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Through a series of studies and test groups, Seligman has developed a program to 'innoculate' at-risk children from depression. In The Optimistic Child, Seligman reveals his program whereby children can learn to question their own negative thoughts and de-catastrophize situations in order to better resolve problems. Self-esteem is learned not through meaningless feel-good phrases but through 'mastery' and genuine praise appropriately scaled for the situation. Although Seligman's program is meant for the pre-teen set, a section at the end gives advice for parents of younger children. This book will be a great resource for any parent and is easy to read and apply.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband has been diagnosed with long-term depression and I was very fearful it would become genetic, as his father was also severely depressed and for long term. I was beginning to see some of the signs in my 5 yr old son and bought this book, hoping to help my son. After 4 chapters, I could see that this book would help tremendously! It seemed that following the advice of so many so-called experts wasn't helping, the build the self-esteem theory. Dr. Seligman seems to be dead on the money with his advice regarding allowing the kids to build their own self-esteem! If I can get my husband to read it, I am hoping it will give him some self-awareness to begin healing himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life. I've bought so many copies to give to others and recommended it to countless others because it's that good. Originally, I bought my first copy because the title intrigued me, and I thought my son needed a little optimism. But as usually happens when you try to improve others, you end up finding out things about yourself you never realized. The Optimistic Child provides the reader with an easy-to-follow approach for changing the negative, self-defeating thoughts that cause depression into rational, self-empowering assessments. It's easy to read, and its methods are easy to implement and very effective.
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Busy__Mom More than 1 year ago
depression and anxiety run in my family, and I wanted to try to avoid seeing it move on to my kids, so I went to parentsdigest to peruse summaries to find a good book to help us out. I found great information in this one - lots of information and helpful tips and advice