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The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges

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  • Date Published: July 2012
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from April 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521195638

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About the Authors
  • Many of us will be struck by one or more major traumas sometime in our lives. Perhaps you have been a victim of sexual abuse, domestic violence or assault. Perhaps you were involved in a serious car accident. Perhaps you are a combat veteran. Maybe you were on the beach in Thailand during a tsunami, or in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Or maybe, you are among the millions who have suffered a debilitating disease, lost a loved one or lost your job. This inspiring book identifies ten key ways to weather and bounce back from stress and trauma. Incorporating the latest scientific research and dozens of interviews with trauma survivors, it provides a practical guide to building emotional, mental and physical resilience. Written by experts in post-traumatic stress, this book provides a vital and successful roadmap for overcoming the adversities we all face at some point in our lives.

    • Covers ten key resilience factors, optimism, moral compass, role models, religion and physical training, bringing hope and inspiration for overcoming adversity
    • First-person interviews with trauma survivors enable learning from real-life examples of how to face your fears, gain strength and grow as a result of difficult experiences
    • Provides recommendations for building resilience based on sound scientific knowledge
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This book is awesome. Nobody can predict the future and we all know that tragedy can strike at anytime. This book teaches you how to become stronger, how to bend but not break, and how to make the best out of a bad situation. The authors are real scientists—they cut through all the fluff out there and show you how to toughen up for the challenges that lie ahead. This book teaches you that you’re a lot stronger than you think…that you are resilient.” Earvin “Magic” Johnson

    "[The authors] have written a crisp, user-friendly guide to the latest scientific research on resilience. With a light touch, they illuminate what seems to be every major study in the field over the last 20 years." -- Washington Independent Review of Books

    "This brief but powerful book makes an important contribution to our understanding of trauma and the psychological, biological, and social factors that can help us triumph over adversity." --ForeWord

    "Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges deserves a wide audience. Its mixture of case accounts and current reviews of the scientific literature on resiliency makes for an enjoyable and informative read." --PsycCritiques

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521195638
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from April 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. What is resilience?
    2. Optimism: belief in a brighter future
    3. Facing fear: an adaptive response
    4. Moral compass, ethics and altruism: doing what is right
    5. Religion and spirituality: drawing on faith
    6. Social support: learning the tap code
    7. Training: physical fitness and strengthening
    8. Brain fitness: challenge your mind and heart
    9. Role models: providing the road map
    10. Cognitive and emotional flexibility
    11. Meaning, purpose and growth
    12. The practice of resilience

  • Authors

    Steven M. Southwick, Yale University School of Medicine
    Steven M. Southwick is Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT, USA.

    Dennis S. Charney, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
    Dennis S. Charney is Dean and Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.

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