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Bounce: Living the Resilient Life 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195367683
ISBN-10: 0195367685
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"Bounce treats us to 'Have a Life!'and live it more fully. Wicks helps us to develop hardiness, learn to debrief ourselves after a hard day, and create a personal self-care program we will actually follow. Insightful, practical, and often humorous, Bounce is the right tonic for the spirit that we need in today's stressful world." --Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking


"Wicks has written a reflective book for counseling professionals seeking personal change and growth...counseling professionals searching for self-knowledge will find this book instructive, insightful and compelling." --Counseling Today


About the Author


Dr. Robert Wicks received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Presently, he is a professor at Loyola University Maryland. In 1994, he was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their bloody civil war. In 2006, he delivered a presentation on self-care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and Walter Reed Army Hospital to health care professionals responsible for Iraqi war veterans with multiple amputations and severe head injuries. Dr. Wicks is author of numerous books including The Resilient Clinician (OUP, 2008), Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice (OUP, 2006), and the acclaimed best seller, Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times (Sorin Books, 2003). He lives with his wife Michaele in Ellicott City, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195367685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195367683
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got hooked on the work of Dr. Robert J. Wicks, the renowned pastoral counselor and expert on overcoming stress, with the release of his earlier book, Prayerfulness: Awakening to the Fullness of Life. As a journalist, I was so impressed by "Prayerfulness" that I published an in-depth interview with Wicks and came to a deeper appreciation of his work. This is a scholar who works regularly with at-risk professional groups particularly prone to stress, including clergy, medical personnel and men and women serving in the armed forces.

In "Bounce," Wicks boils down his wisdom on springing back from stress into 200 very well-organized pages. Depending on where you find yourself in the spiral of stress, you may wind up dwelling more on one chapter than another. Wherever you turn in this book, though, Wicks offers helpful inventories to assess your own situation and tools to begin grappling with your daily challenges.

I like his eclectic approach to explaining these general principles. You'll find references here to psychologist Carl Jung and folk singer Joan Baez, to the Catholic monk Thomas Merton and the Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

This is a great gift idea for someone you care about--especially if that someone is you.
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This short book is a very concise, densely-packed manual for identifying one's stressors and discontent in life, assessing contributing factors, developing a self-care plan including regular debriefing of daily experiences, and cultivating meditative mindful awareness. All these elements are part of forming an overall lifestyle of "resilience," which is the capacity to thrive in a world filled with challenges and potential stressors by realigning one's outlook and taking intentional steps to care for one's psyche.

The book is filled with lists and self-diagnostic tools which, if one takes the time and effort to reflectively work through, provide extensive insight into one's situation, needs, and strengths. Included are two appendices which also provide one with an in-depth self-analysis. An extensive bibliography provides fertile material for further study and resources.

I found the discussion of "vicarious PTSD" particularly helpful, as well as the characterization of PTSD as a situation where normal crisis-coping mechanisms have become "stuck" beyond normal time frames. Most importantly, the book emphasizes that in the helping professions it is normal for people to experience vicarious stress and that it is important and healthful not to deny these effects but to consciously accept their existence and work through them in a preventative way, before a pathological internal state (such as depression) develops.

This book is a particularly good resource for clinicians, doctors, clergy, emergency services, or other professionals whose work entails a continuous contact with stressful, negative situations or individuals.

Highly recommended!
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I keep this book on my desk, because I'm always going back to it. Not only does he offer cutting edge research on the study of resilience, he sprinkles poignant stories throughout that really illuminate the material. Wicks is one of my favorite authors, and this is my favorite book of his.
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Heard Mr Wicks speak at a national leadership and character development conference at the Air A in Feb 2013. I was expressed with his words and bought several of his books through Amazon for my wife who was unable to attend. The written material did not convey to her the way I thought they would. Just delivered this book and the others to our local library book sale yesterday. Perhaps someone else will find them outstanding
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I'm enjoying this one tremendously, can't beat self help! Only half way through but have come to realize that I've needed help for a long time..So far with God's help and this type of study I'll be okay! I'm sure it can assist and help with everyone!
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This books helps one understand tactics and tools to alleviate, eliminate and ultimately grow from stressful situations in life.
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Clear, deepth, a guide for life. For me and my friends. Friendy and readable.
Recommend to other persons. Very good.
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My doctor recommended I read this book. I'm getting a lot of insight from it. Stress can be. Handled. Thanks dr wicks.
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