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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211855
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
“Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., has done it again—written another incredibly helpful, practical book. Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking offers specific strategies for parents (or any adult) to use with children and describes variations on these strategies for younger children and older adolescents. Every parent who has a pessimistic, negativistic child should read this book! As parents use the thinking and behavioral strategies that Dr. Chansky recommends, they will undoubtedly find that they themselves are becoming more optimistic and positive, not only toward their child but also more generally in their own lives. I highly recommend this wonderful book.”



Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Faculty, Harvard Medical School and co-author of Raising Resilient Children and Raising a Self-Disciplined Child
“Many youngsters are burdened by self-doubt, negative feelings, and depression. Their lack of confidence and sadness typically trigger feelings of confusion and distress in their parents as the latter struggle to find the best approach to help their children develop a more optimistic, resilient outlook. Tamar Chansky’s book Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking offers a wonderful resource for parents. In a very skillful manner, Dr. Chansky’s explains the roots of negative thinking, but most importantly, she offers specific, realistic strategies with actual dialogue that parents can use to minimize their child’s negativity. Her empathy and understanding for children and parents is evident on very page of this very readable, practical book. It is a book that parents of children of all ages will read and re-read as they seek to help their children perceive themselves in a more hopeful light.”





Myrna Shure, Ph.D., author of Raising a Thinking Child and Thinking Parent, Thinking Child
“Tamar Chansky gives parents a dynamic approach to helping their children escape thinking badly about themselves and their world?thoughts ranging from mild negativism to clinical depression. Her insightful and creative techniques, based on scientifically grounded cognitive behavior therapy, are, on any given day, helpful not only for parents and their children but for all of us. Next time I want to blame myself for something that went wrong, or feel terrible about something I did, I will open this book and I know I will soon feel better.”




Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice and Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College
“Tamar Chansky has distilled cutting-edge research on optimism, pessimism, depression, and resilience into an incredibly thoughtful guide for parents. Her book is full of suggestions about what to look for and what to do (and what not to do) that parents should find engaging and accessible. Reading this book should ease the worries of both parents and their children.”





Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Director, Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Temple University
“In a clearly readable fashion, Dr. Tamar Chansky combines clever phrasing (for adults) along with “kid speak” to communicate with youth. From her having worked with anxious youth who struggle with all of the possibilities (too many), Dr. Chansky shifts to the negative youth who see no future—the youth who mistake one thing for everything. She walks the reader through discussions that focus on how negative experiences happen to everyone, and that they are ‘manageable’ and ‘temporary’. This book is not a review of the scientific literature, but it is a readable set of guidelines and understandings that are informed by it.”




Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D., author of 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child
“For every parent who wants their child not to feel bad, here is an excellent book to feel great about. In Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, Dr. Chansky abundantly gives parents powerful, easy to apply tools to ensure the emotional health and success of any child. I hope no parent trying to help their child to get ahead misses out on reading this wonderful book packed with valuable advice.”




LiteraryMama.com, 10/15/08
“Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., has done it again—written another incredibly helpful, practical book.”


Suite101.com, 12/3/08
“An excellent action based book that offers solutions on how to turn your children around if they’re stuck in a negative thinking spiral.”

About the Author

Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., founder and director of the Children’s Center for OCD and Anxiety, has also written Freeing Your Child from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Freeing Your Child from Anxiety. She lives in Philadelphia.

 


More About the Author

Tamar Chansky is a psychologist and author of four popular books. Her newest book for adults is: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: Four Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want. Her previous books for parents are: Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking: Powerful, Practical Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Resilience, Flexibility and Happiness; Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, and Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Dr. Chansky is passionate about helping kids, parents and other adults pursue the lives that they want to lead, free from the obstacles of anxiety, pessimism and OCD. Dr. Chansky is frequently interviewed in newspapers and magazines on these topics as well as on the radio including NPR's Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb and The Parent's Journal with Bobbi Conner. A blogger on Huffington Post and Psychology Today, Dr. Chansky is the Founder and Director of The Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting PA, and of the educational website: worrywisekids.org. Dr. Chansky lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters. Visit her website: www.tamarchansky.com.

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The book is very interesting and easy to read.
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There is so much helpful info in here that it's almost overwhelming, but in a good way.
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I found this book very useful in dealing with a kid.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Bohnet on May 7, 2009
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I really enjoyed reading this book. There are some wonderful tips that you can follow when dealing with your child. So far, my 9 year old daughter seems somewhat receptive. We're working on it. This book is a great starting point! I really needed to get a handle on the negative thought process and figure out why she struggles through it.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Abelkop on December 25, 2008
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As a child psychologist, this is the book I wish I had written. It is an absolutely essential book for parents who have children of any age. Dr. Chansky has a gift of explaining information in a way that is understandable and does not demean parents. She gives you a starting place with real strategies that work. I will be buying many copies to offer to parents. Although I have bought several hundred parenting books, this is the first time I felt compelled to write a review. No need to hesitate, just buy this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 21, 2012
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My son tends to focus on the negative and takes things really hard. This is a great resource book, easy to read yet not repetitive like some parenting books I've read. I wish there was a workbook or a book for kids based on this book. If your child tends to focus on the negative and gets down on him/herself, read this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Child Therapist in Seattle on March 26, 2012
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I am a child and adolescent therapist who sees kids with a variety of "labels": anxiety, depression, ADHD, Asperger's, etc. What I love about this book is that it doesn't require putting a kid into one of these boxes to address one of the symptoms (negative thinking) that in my anecdotal experience tends to accompany most of these labels. (Not to mention negative thinking can also be experienced and practiced by "normal" kids without other clinically-significant symptoms!)
This is a handbook for parents and is immensely practical and informative. I require it as therapeutic reading for the parents of my child clients when negative thinking is a prominent feature, and I have received excellent feedback from those parents on the value they received from Chansky's material. Her writing is clear, user-friendly, and ultimately pragmatic - when you read this book, there will be something you can use today to start challenging your child's thinking and help build psychological flexibility and optimism. And it's not always the approach that seems logical or that you would expect. She has integrated research information and advice from some of the leading researchers in the field of happiness and optimism, as well as contributed her own wisdom from years as a practicing clinician.
The consequences of letting this type of thinking proliferate may play a role in our children's future, from an increased pre-disposition to depression in the future to interpersonal relationships in the here-and-now. Get this book; practice it and live it with your child!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tye on November 25, 2013
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I like some of the strategies this book gives, but most I found suitable for only younger kids and their meltdowns. The book heavily talks about negative thinking and all types of negative thoughts but doesn't give enough activities to try to change the thought process. I personally wasn't comfortable with most of the activities where the negative thought was given a name as if it was a real person. This might work for younger children but not for older children, it also creates a fantasy world & can encourage your child to use the "thought/person" as an excuse for negative behavior. for example..."give up girl" and magnifier man were two example names you could use to separate the thought from the person. Of course you could change the names, but who would say to a 12 yr old, "give up girl is telling you to..." a child could easily say, I didn't want to stop taking the test "give up girl made me"

You will have to read the entire book and sift thru the activities to see what might work for you. The majority of the book just explains the negative thinking process which helps a lot, but after a chapter or 2 you kind of get the point and want to move on to something else. I like that this book encourages parents to practice what they preach, especially around their children. I also enjoyed the way the author teaches you how to navigate the actual problem and in turn teach the child how big the problem was vs how big they are making it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Flanagan on November 12, 2009
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Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking is not only helpful to parents, but to anyone who sometimes hears themselves or a loved one getting stuck in self-blame or the assumption that good things "never" happen, and bad things "always" do. Tamar Chansky doesn't just generalize about the power of positive thinking, she offers concrete tools to get out of mental traps, or better yet, to avoid them. She makes cutting edge psychological research understandable with exercises and simple diagrams that can help both adult and child recognize negative patterns. Both as a parent and as a writer for adults who are trying to change their lives, I highly recommend this intelligent, readable book.

Eileen Flanagan, author of The Wisdom to Know the Difference: When to Make a Change-and When to Let Go
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penny Moldofsky on January 8, 2009
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Chansky has written an amazingly practical guide to specific techniques that can help parents, teachers, and therapists work together to guide young children, school age children, and teens cope with anxiety and negative thinking so that they keep their "power" and avoid the trap of learned helplessness. As an educator for more than 35 years, I was delighted with this book's relevance and research-based approach to a wide-spread difficulty faced by more children and teens every year.
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