The Optimistic Child
by Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D.
The Optimistic Child offers parents and teachers the tools developed in this study to teach children of all ages life skills that transform helplessness into mastery and bolster self-esteem. Learning the skills of optimism not only reduces the risk of depression but boosts school performance, improves physical health, and provides children with the self-reliance they need as they approach the teenage years and beyond. world of optimists is a bigger world, a world of more possibilities, says Seligman. Filled with practical advice and written in clear, helpful language, this book is an invaluable resource for caregivers who want to open up this world for their children.
“The Optimistic Child could be the most significant parenting book in years.”
—Dallas Morning News
“The first major work to provide an effective program for preventing depression in childhood -- and probably later in life. ”
—Aaron T. Beck, M.D., President, Beck Foundation for Cognitive Therapy
“This title is unique in its scope and content: depression-proofing a child through helping them challenge pessimistic thoughts. This isn't just a pop concept: Seligman has studied depression for three decades and his program is based on a long-term research project.”
—Midwest Book Review
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