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Hope in the Age of Anxiety Hardcover – September 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0195380354 ISBN-10: 0195380355 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195380355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195380354
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a must read for any individual who is dealing with adversity. When we understand the role that hope plays in our lives, our physiology and our ability to survive, we will all be better able to cope with life's difficulties and to help those we love. This is also a book that every healthcare professional should read. Hope is a vital force and not about statistics. True hope is never false. We need to care for people by understanding the role that hope plays and not only treat their diagnosis."--Bernie Siegel, MD author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Help Me To Heal

"Hope in the Age of Anxiety is a book in the grand style, one that goes well beyond typical 'formula-driven' self-help books. The authors have culled "the best of hope" from psychology, philosophy, and theology as well as the struggles and achievements of both ordinary and extraordinary individuals and groups. This is a book that captures the full depth and breadth of hope as a force for positively transforming the reader's life. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down."--James Prochaska, Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology, Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center, University of Rhode Island, and author of Changing for Good

"At last, a book on hope rooted in modern science that takes seriously its underpinnings in the world's great religious traditions. Scioli and Biller offer us all 'hope' that our best solution for rising to life's challenges lies in the blending of a scientific and humanitarian perspective."--Robert A. Emmons, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Positive Psychology and author of Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier

About the Author


Anthony Scioli is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Keene State College. Dr. Scioli completed Harvard fellowships in human motivation and behavioral medicine. He co-authored the chapter on emotion for the Encyclopedia of Mental Health and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Henry Biller is Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of Rhode Island. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, he has served on the advisory board of the Men's Health Network and the editorial board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior. He has authored nine books, including The Father Factor: What You Need to Know to Make a Difference.

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Anthony Scioli is a leading authority on the topic of hope. He is professor of Clinical Psychology at Keene State College (University System of New Hampshire) and a member of the graduate faculty at the University of Rhode Island. He was a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, and received his Ph. D. from the University of Rhode Island in 1990. Dr. Scioli completed Harvard fellowships in human motivation and behavioral medicine, and is listed in Who's Who in America.

Dr. Scioli co-authored the chapter on emotion for the Encyclopedia of Mental Health and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He is licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dale Floody on September 12, 2009
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To be honest, I thought this book started out a little slow, but I was soon pleased by a series of nice surprises. Focusing on hope and its correlates (including faith, spirituality, and values), the authors tap a very wide variety of resources (including literature, films, philosophy, music, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and religion). Fundamentals of a variety of belief systems are artfully woven throughout the book, including but not limited to Christianity, Buddhism, African, Australian aboriginal tribes, Aztec, and Native American beliefs. Their definition of hope includes a four-channel emotional network of mastery, attachment, survival, and spiritual subsystems. Fairly heavy reading at times, this book is not a simplistic self-help book, although self-help recommendations are among the pleasant surprises that keep appearing. There is a prolonged and interesting discussion of the development of a sense of hope, faith and spirituality, as well as a chapter dealing with promoting hope in children. The authors discuss "eight centers of value" (Higher Power, nature, social customs, economics, diversity and equality, science, the self, and others). There is also a discussion of "spiritual types" (follower, collaborator, independent, mystic, reformer, and sufferer), and there is a brief assessment (18 items) of the types. This is one of few books I've encountered that speaks directly to the importance of "time mastery" (optimal use of the time available to me). The book concludes with two chapters related to the links between hope and medicine/health. As I noted above, fairly heavy reading at times, but well worth it for a balanced and positive multivariate perspective concerning hope.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Witchwriter on January 25, 2010
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It perhaps is an understatement to say that our lives are suffused with hope. We hope our next interview will land us a job; we hope our children will do well in school; we hope the lump we discover isn't what we fear it may be. It's hard to go through a single day in which we don't hope for one thing or another.

But what is hope? Is it merely a convenient way of describing an optimistic outlook on life or perhaps a spiritual inclination shared by the world's religions? Is it just a word publishers use to promote self-help books? Perhaps hope is nothing more than a poetic metaphor or, in the words of Emily Dickinson, "the thing with feathers....that perches in the soul."

Scioli and Biller set out to explore the deeper meaning of hope by delving into its philosophic, spiritual and developmental roots. It is an ambitious undertaking but they are up to the task and have produced a masterful work that illuminates the various ways hope operates in our day-to-day lives. As a child psychologist I was particularly drawn to the concept of childhood "hope providers" and the role parents play in providing children with a life stratagem in which hope plays a prominent role. The chapters on Help and Healing and Hope and Wellness are in themselves worth the price of the book and more insightful than any stack of self-help tracts one comes across in book stores. If you wish(hope?)to discover the part that hope plays in your life, I can think of no better guide to point the way than Scioli and Biller's book.

Sheldon Cashdan, Ph.D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodney J. Hunter on July 28, 2010
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Hope in an Age of Anxiety is a major scholarly achievement. Scioli and Biller have carefully examined an immense range of literature on the nature of hope and hoping, from traditional philosophical, religious and psychological sources to the most contemporary psychological theories and studies, and have pulled it all together into a powerful, comprehensive theory, from which they also draw down-to-earth practical implications and suggestions. Especially illuminating for me were their tripartate theory of human motivation, which serves as a foundation for the book, and the astute discussions of the relation of hope to both fear and despair, though many other topics are also covered with similar insight and authority. Initially, I found portions of the book tough going, somewhat pedestrian, and even simple-minded (though this was a misjudgment); I had to read it twice to fully grasp and appreciate its depth, unity, and overall accomplishment. But it was well worth the effort, and I would highly recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in this important topic. Hope in an Age of Anxiety should shape thinking about hope, one way or another, for many years. It deserves a wide and careful reading. Rodney Hunter, Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology, Emory University.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy K on August 6, 2013
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As I age, the effects of anxiety appear to be growing, rather than lessening. This book has some great 'go to' strategies for overcoming these, as well as a diverse history. The book arrived in excellent condition and in a timely manner. I will gladly buy from this vendor again. Thanks
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