What Shakespeare Can Teach Your Children
The language is odd, but Shakespeare’s insights are really universal.
Alan Kazdin is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and the director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic. His work focuses primarily on child and adolescent disorders, behavior therapy, and clinical methodology, with over 600 articles and over 40 books and chapters published in these areas. He has served as Editor of many prominent psychology journals including the American Psychological Association’s Encyclopedia of Psychology. He was also the 2008 President of the American Psychological Association.
His latest book is "The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child."
From my perspective, Shakespeare has many lessons of life and is probably good to teach Shakespeare in small doses at different stages of life. I think an older person, middle-aged person; they’ll get different things out of Shakespeare.
For a child, it’s important to see the human interaction, the human conflict and how it gets resolved. And there’s nothing quite so cleaver, so rich as Shakespeare in establishing these human interactions. Motives and guilt and envy and hate, it’s all there.
But it requires some work. And that’s why there is some resistance to teaching it. The language is odd, but Shakespeare’s insights are really universal.
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