Reviews for Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking

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.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.; Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Past President, Academy of Cognitive Therapy


In a very skillful manner, Dr. Chansky 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.

Dr. Robert Brooks, co-author, Raising Resilient Children and Raising a Self-Disciplined 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.

Myrna Shure, Ph.D, author of Raising a Thinking Child, and Thinking Parent, Thinking Child