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It's Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change Hardcover – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; Har/Com edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401926320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401926328
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is an internationally known speaker in spirituality, integrative medicine, and the mind/body connection and has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, the best-selling author of numerous books, and a journalist and radio personality.


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Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is the author of thirteen books, including A Woman's Book of Life, Saying Yes to Change, and Inner Peace for Busy People. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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This book is a gem.
Lauren Rosenfeld
This is an important book to come out of Hayhouse, a balance to all the material that says to just think good thoughts and all will be well.
Maria Petrova
Part III is short and sweet, giving us inspiration to live with vision and purpose.
Susan Schenck

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Maria Petrova on August 23, 2009
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I must be completely transparent here and mention that my initial reaction to seeing this book was disappointment at its small size. It's hard to get an idea of this on Amazon, and it's always a bit of a letdown. I soon came to find out, however, that this format does Joan Borysenko a lot of good. She is an absolutely brilliant woman and scholar. Wayne Dyer calls her "the smartest woman I've ever known." And to deliver a very readable, yet rich book from her, this smaller format is perfect.

The book includes meaningful scientific research on resilience, hope and "hardiness." Several stories of people who've taken a cue from the economic changes and turned their life around, gave me perspective and made me feel empowered. "Discipline is remembering what you want," she quotes. That statement alone is enough to catapult me to the gym this morning.

I have tremendous respect for this woman. Borysenko is incapable of fluff. This is an important book to come out of Hayhouse, a balance to all the material that says to just think good thoughts and all will be well. This book helps you not only reframe your negative and stuck thoughts -- but also to act on them.

This book would make a great gift. It's not preachy. It's not fluff. It's extremely personal and moving, and it reads fast. The paragraphs are spaced nicely, like a gift book. It's not dense and scholarly, but it has scientific research to give it validity and pertinence. I marvel at how everything was pulled together -- words from the Dalai Lama on the same page as a reference to the Center for Purposeful Living in North Carolina. This is Joan Borysenko at her best -- brilliant and on the button.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schenck TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2009
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Have you ever wondered why, when two people lose a job, one will sink into depression, while another will be inspired to finally have that home business, and go on to make more money than ever? Joan Borysenko explains why this is the case and shows you how you can make the worst crisis of your life into something beautiful.

This book is easy to read (can be read in one day), and has plenty of examples, stories, quotes and exercises. Joan's inspiration for writing it came out of the stress in her own life of losing 30% of her retirement savings when the stock market crashed in 2008.

In Part I, Joan gives us the 3 secrets of resilience: an acceptance of reality, believing that life is meaningful and finding meaning in the crisis, and being able to improvise. There is a chapter on "optimistic realism" which shows the difference between someone who is so optimistic that they are not in touch with reality, and someone who is more grounded in their approach. (Finally I have a label for my attitude that I can come back with when people accuse me of being negative!) We also learn about 3 poisons of pessimistic thinking: taking things personally, seeing problems as pervasive, and believing in their permanence (the 3 Ps). Those with "stress-hardy thinking," on the other hand, exhibit commitment, control, and ability to rise to challenge (the 3 Cs).

In the chapter called "Helper's High" we learn about "flow reversal" which is how we can feel high by contributing and giving to others. In a "letting go" chapter we get tips on how to accept ("If you argue with reality, you will always lose") and forgive--as well as reasons to do so.

Part II is about training the brain for success.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Vickie Byard on August 20, 2009
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Dr Borysenko has graciously given us the gift of a guide to transforming stress. With her signature no-nonsense, easy to understand, and humorous approach, she backs up her information with data and science along with personal experiences from her own life. This book is packed with wisdom that is easy to employ and I am sure that if one practices these skills, they will be able to turn stressful experiences into opportunities for growth. Get your highlighters out..this is a must have.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lee Moser on January 31, 2010
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I think this is an excellent book--small in size,and less than 135 pages of text, but filled with varied tips and several different approaches to creating personal resilience. Chapter 2, "Optimistic Realism" sets the tone for the whole book; a favorite quote is "...optimistic realism is the ability to size up your situation dispassionately, while still staying open to postive future possibilities." The author gives just enough personal examples and case histories to balance out some of the dry (but well-presented) scientific research in this field. She also includes, in the last chapter, wonderful information about creating a personal vision statement to send the reader off to take action. I'm a teacher of journal writing, and I believe this book can provide great prompts for in-depth self-awareness journal writing. Highly recommended. Mary Lee Moser, author, There and Back: A Journal Companion for Special Needs Parents
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Rosenfeld on October 23, 2009
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This book is a gem. It is small, yet it's wisdom multifaceted and shines brilliantly. Joan Borysenko speaks with a heart of compassion and an incisive intellect. Looking at the research and recommendations of many respected minds in the fields of neurology, psychology, and spirituality -- she synthesizes an overview of how we can come into contact and utilize our inner resources to overcome difficulty and the suffering that comes with it. Far from asking us to repeat simple affirmations, she gives us tools to grow our ability to live in the world with resilience and strength. She asks us to look squarely at our difficulties, to encounter our fear and our pain -- to move through it, then beyond it. She sees us as inherently powerful and empowered. She has faith in the human ability to rebound and recover. And she wants us to have that same faith in ourselves.
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