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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071431985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071431989
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In their latest book, psychologists Brooks and Goldstein (the authors of Raising Resilient Children) describe how adults can develop a "resilient mindset." According to the authors, while the word "resilient" is usually associated with people overcoming great adversity, daily stress often requires resilience. Using many examples from their clinical practice, Brooks and Goldstein outline how this mindset is best achieved. The first step is "rewriting negative scripts," or changing behavior that one repeats over and over despite its negative outcome, such as a manager yelling at his employees for being uncreative. Other strategies include developing empathy; communicating effectively; accepting oneself and others; and developing self-discipline. An appendix offers worksheets addressing the concepts covered in each of the chapters. Throughout, the authors emphasize taking responsibility for one's actions and their impact on others, as well as setting realistic short- and long-term goals. Their examples, such as the demanding manager and the couple who nag their teenage son, are familiar figures in whom readers may be able to see themselves or people they know. Although it's likely that, for many, a major change in one's approach toward life's difficulties would require the professional help that Brooks's and Goldstein's patients sought, their book does offer hope and a number of useful strategies readers can try to put into practice on their own.
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"A uniquely wise guide summarizing a vast amount of research into a practical set of strategies to overcome adversity and live a stress-hardy life."

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I would recommend it for anyone looking to boost self esteem.
S. Eliason
Prove to ones just how simple it is to over look the obvious and just how easy it is to make that transition from darkness into light.
Sylvia Johnson
This book is a good combination of exercises in self-reflection and examples of how to take action to improve one's life.
Pat

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Chicago Yeti on January 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book actually has several lists and practical ideas that you can use to fight defeated attitudes and regain focus in your life. Some ideas I really liked were:

- taking time to celebrate your successes...

- taking small steps towards your ultimate goal (and preparing for what to do if you hits snags).

-making the decision to look at failures/mistakes as an opportunity to learn instead of a confirmation that you're a loser.

The book on tape is really the way to go, but if you love to read I guess the paper version would work just fine. I'm sure there are lots of complex, overly complicated works on this subject out there, but this isn't one of them!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazonmarm on June 10, 2008
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I bought "Raising Resilient Children" first, on my journey to being a better parent. Of course, I wanted to be a better role model of resiliency. I was overjoyed to see that Brooks and Goldstein had written a book for just such an audience!

This book is filled with real suggestions, illustrative examples, and worksheets to aid you in your work towards resiliency. As in "Raising Resilient Children", I feel like Brooks and Goldstein truly empathize with how much work there is in increasing resiliency and give the reader skills that truly help.

The very tone of the book itself helps me feel like there's someone out there who empathizes and wants to work with me to improve my character. These two really walk the talk of empathy and emotional support. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat on November 15, 2013
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This book is a good combination of exercises in self-reflection and examples of how to take action to improve one's life. The authors use a wide variety of examples to illustrate their points, so it is easy to relate to the issues they discuss.
I gave this book four stars instead of five because it is a bit verbose and could use some editing.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Johnson on February 18, 2010
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Dr.'s Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein have coupled together a much successful holistic guidelines to follow. I was seeking ideals on positive holistic education to share with my on line visitors for my Self Improvement website and I am happy to say their book and methods serves as an assist to my own personal life experience with self awareness. When they speak of re-writing new positive scripts to replace the old, along with real life experiences and cases. Prove to ones just how simple it is to over look the obvious and just how easy it is to make that transition from darkness into light.

Thank you Dr.'s Brooks and Goldstien!

Sylvia Johnson
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Laman on July 22, 2011
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The was such an uplifting and inspirational book- fabulous- I have recommended this book to many friends- and I read again and again. Definitely worth your time to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bookclubber on April 12, 2014
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The message of the book was good and the personal stories made the reading interesting and the theories more relatable. However, there was a lot of repetition of information which got tiresome. Taking personal responsible for whether our life is satisfying or not rather than placing blame on other people or circumstances is the important (and valuable) lesson throughout the book.
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By Erika on May 17, 2014
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reading steady , this book is very helpful for people learning to cope with different types of issues in their lives.
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By Biblio Phil on August 31, 2013
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Helpful book on the subject with some really useful ideas. I would definitely recommend it. Prevents burnout, in my opinion.
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