The Optimistic Child

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Random House Australia, 1995 - Child rearing - 336 pages
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According to noted psychologist Seligman (Learned Optimism), 30% of American children suffer from depression. Further, his studies demonstrate that "pessimistic children are at much higher risk for becoming depressed than optimistic children." His mission here is to teach parents and other concerned adults how to instill in children a sense of optimism and personal mastery. Seligman discounts prevalent theory that children who are encouraged by others to feel good about themselves will do well. Instead, he proposes that self-esteem comes from mastering challenges, overcoming frustration and experiencing individual achievement. In clear, concise prose peppered with anecdotes, dialogues, cartoons and exercises, Seligman offers a concrete plan of action based on techniques of self-evaluation and social interaction. He describes the development of the Penn Depression Prevention Program, in which school kids are taught ways to divest themselves of pessimistic approaches and adopt optimistic ones, and adapts it to home use by parents. While a few of the exercises may seem daunting to parents, this encouraging volume moves beyond popular self-help tomes and ideology to offer hope and practical suggestions; it will be of great value to teachers as well.

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User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

This book was well written and surprisingly easy to read. I wish all authors who discuss topics about the emotional well being of gifted children wrote with such ease and understanding. I borrowed the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marilee - Goodreads

I really loved this book. It is chalk full if a wide breadth of research covering a variety of ages. The messages are good for parents, educators, and all those who work with children. It isn't a ... Read full review

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