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The Optimistic Child - Martin Seligman

The Optimistic Child

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2011
ISBN: 9781864713015
Number Of Pages: 352

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A proven program to safeguard children against depression and build lifelong resilience

In The Optimistic Child, Dr. Martin 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, "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."

The Optimistic Child offers parents and teachers the tools developed by the author 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. 'A 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.

About the Author

Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Pyschology and the Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his 20 books are Learned Optimism, What You Can Change and What You Can’t, The Optimisitc Child and Authentic Happiness. His books have been translated into 25 languages and he regularly tours Australia.

ISBN: 9781864713015
ISBN-10: 1864713011
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 2nd May 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 2

Martin E. P. Seligman


About the Author


Commonly known as the founder of Positive Psychology, Martin Seligman is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is also a recognized authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. 

He has written more than 250 scholarly publications and 20 books. Dr. Seligman's books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been best sellers both in America and abroad. Among his better-known works are Flourish, Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism, The Optimistic Child, Helplessness, and Abnormal Psychology. In 1998, Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association.

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