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 30-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 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."
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
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Better off getting paperback
There is plenty of good messaging, content and story telling in this book, but at times the audio narrations is hard to follow. Often it sounds like the narrator is translating a table of result data that is hard to follow and its unclear sometimes when the reader is moving into a new section of a chapter or reading actual content. Overall, the content is worthwhile but ultimately I would have been better off reading it myself. I feel now that I need to also buy the paperback.
Narration was difficult to follow at times.
- Peter Gyurko
Important but painful