The Optimistic Child - Livin' the Good Life
Feb. 16th, 2008
02:37 pm - The Optimistic Child
I'm reading another fascinating book by Martin Seligman called, THE OPTIMISTIC CHILD. Seligman describes how, in 1984, he had a "life-changing" discussion with Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine. Salk confided in the author by saying, "If I were a young scientist today, I would still do immunization. But, instead of immunizing kids physically, I'd immunize them psychologically." This is a hugely important statement!! And it gives a lot of credence to Seligman's work. Seligman says that teaching your children to be optimistic is one of the best things you can do for their health. This includes going forward in the face of failure, seeing failure as a temporary condition, and postive self-talk regarding failure. I've only just started the book, so I'm likely to have a lot more to say about it in the next couple of days. He has an interesting and unpopular take on "self-esteem" that I will write about once I absorb the idea a bit more.