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The Optimistic Child - Livin' the Good Life

Feb. 16th, 2008

02:37 pm - The Optimistic Child

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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.


Date:February 18th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Hi Darlene,
I did a seminar with Dr. Salk a few years years ago. It was fascinating. However, he didn't implicate that he regretted the "physical" immunizations, he rather seemed very proud to have played such an important role to virtually wipe out polio.
I don't know how far back you go to check for comments so I thought I'll let you know that both Anne and I have left a comment on your Feb.9th entry on hospital birth. More food for thought.
Love, Willow
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