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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is clear, concise and to the point. Even one of the exercises Joan suggests will change your perspective and we all need a dose of "attitude shift" pretty regularly. Read morePublished 6 months ago
Dr. Borysenko is an established inspirational and motivational writer and speaker; this publication will help you keep things
I have loved many books by Joan- especially The Power of The Mind to Heal.
This one was extremely disappointing. Read more
I recently discovered Dr. Borysenko when I watched her interview on a Spiritual Cinema Circle dvd. This book title was mentioned, and I knew I just had to have it! Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Jesse E. Adams
I read this book a couple of years ago and it helped me through such a difficult time. I love this book. I have recommended it mant times to patients, family and friends.Published on August 12, 2013 by L. Kakar
Our book club wanted to read an inspirational book. We were disappointed in this offering. I have read other books by Borsenko that I liked more.Published on June 9, 2013 by donna2011
This little book is a gem. Joan is concise and yet it is so packed with great information. The book is all about resilience and how our perspective is the key to living a better... Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Bianunes
This book has been out for almost a year before it caught my attention and I'm very glad it did. I've always found Ms. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Gabriel Constans