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ISBN-13: 978-0521195638 ISBN-10: 0521195632 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (July 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521195632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521195638
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Many of us are struck by major trauma sometime in our lives. This inspiring book identifies ten key ways to weather and bounce back from stress and trauma. Incorporating the latest scientific research and interviews with trauma survivors, it provides a practical guide to building emotional, mental and physical resilience.

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It was recommended to me and I am so thankfully I read it.
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This book presents both qualitative and quantitative data on the topic of resilience.
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This book is helpful with suggestions and reminders of how to be resilient.
A. Cochran

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Evan L. Flatow on October 14, 2012
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This highly readable book presents the medical, scientific, and historical evidence for why some resilent individuals can seem to overcome horrifying adversity while others sink into depression and torpor. The authors cite authorities as diverse as Stoic philosophy, Buddhist teachings, neurobiologic research, and the personal stories of rape victims and prisoners-of-war to give practical lessons on how each of us can "train" to meet life's challenges much as athletes train for difficult competitions.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paschal Baute on February 20, 2013
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The authors have gathered a stunning array not only of narrative reports of people responding to diverse traumas , but also of a vast number of psychological studies demonstrating the power of the mind to survive and thrive The ten factors proposed as making up the human quality of resilience are well documented. However "factors" chosen are more multi-dimensional forms of fitness and wellness rather than specific factors. Mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and social forms of fitness are specified and explained.

Key points are illustrated by examples of veterans or civilians surviving traumas. Professional caregivers of every sort will be taught and inspired by every page. However, the lay reader will likely be overwhelmed by the array of reports and research. They should read the first (skip the brain chemicals)and the last chapters, and then begin the ones in between, more at leisure, one per week or per month, as the spirit leads. Some lay readers may also not find enough "how-to" practical applications. In my view there are plenty implied and enough spelled out to help "fully engage."

For example, "acceptance "and realistic optimism are explained. The authors admit their list is not complete. One oversight for this practitioner of wellness is little attention is given to forgiveness. I am a semi-retired psychologist teaching total wellness of mind, body, spir for many years, more recently, focusing on stress management: tips and an inventory. "Resilience" is the human capacity that supports and affirms insights in both arenas. In my current work with repeat addictive offenders and blind veterans coping with vision loss, I will be promoting these insights. A salute to the authors for including so many reports from so many of our wounded veterans.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Julia Fernandez on September 28, 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a colleague who is in the psychiatric field, assuring me that the authors are both considered to be the authorities on the subject. I was surprised to find that the book is actually superbly written! with captivating stories of people overcoming the most trying of circumstances to come out stronger. The book strikes a balance between narrative and science, and in the end puts together a list of ways that humans can help themselves become more resilient. i highly recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with stress in their life, be it the traumatic stress of a life altering event or the daily stress of work and home. This book has something for everyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 10, 2013
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The authors, leaders in the fairly new field of resilience, describe it as "complex, multidimensional and dynamic". Their book is a fascinating read because it is solidly based on researching what makes some more resilient than others.

Resilience, they say, has multiple perspectives; it is more than a simple psychological trait or biological phenomenon. They explain that people tend to be more resilient in some areas of their lives than others, and during some - but not all - phases of their lives: perhaps able to bounce back better at work than at home, or when young rather than later in life. Healthy adaptation also depends on available resources through family, friends and a variety of organizations - even on the characteristics of specific cultures and religions, communities, societies and governments.

They point out that resilience is common, we see it all around us, and for most people it can be enhanced through learning and training. Yet, bouncing back is nevertheless easier for some than others. Those with resources such as financial security, a high level of education, an interesting and rewarding career, and strong social networks are able to leverage those resources while those without can fall into a "loss spiral". They caution that this does not mean we should give up but rather recognize we may have a more difficult road to travel, which may allow us to be more patient with ourselves.

Through research they shortlist 10 top "resilience factors" : realistic optimism, facing fear, moral compass, religion and spirituality, social support, resilient role models, physical fitness, brain fitness, cognitive and emotional flexibility, and meaning and purpose.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Cochran on December 27, 2012
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Have always been a pretty resilient person; but the challenges of a muscle disorder have tested it. This book is helpful with suggestions and reminders of how to be resilient.
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You'd better be able to keep your feeling of being unable to deal with life's trials in perspective while reading the superhero stories here...these people were blessed with the right genetics, family support, the exact moment in time for events to occur, etc. This book could make you feel worse rather than better ...I have no superior military training, am not the solid member of a more sane middle class family, or just plain lucky. My blessing has been family hardships that so far I've survived thanks to a loving father and above average IQ. Otherwise I might have been more harmed than helped. More a book about how some survived than how to survive.
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