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Portraits of Resilience (The MIT Press) Hardcover – Illustrated, November 16, 2017
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The stories are powerful… [the] photographs are otherworldly...―Jim Braude, WGBH, Radio Boston
Daniel Jackson has embarked on an exploration of a timely issue, filled with compelling portraits and stories.―Keith Carter, Fine Art Photographer; Professor Emeritus, Lamar University; author of A Certain Alchemy
- Publisher : The MIT Press; Illustrated edition (November 16, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0262036789
- ISBN-13 : 978-0262036788
- Item Weight : 2.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.31 x 0.83 x 12.31 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #906,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This beautiful creation should be omnipresent: on every library shelf and bookstore, in waiting rooms of every healing profession, in hospitals, classrooms, law offices, prisons, in all places where religious community gathers to pray and contemplate, in Yoga studios, spiritual direction offices, athletic clubs, boardrooms, and of course on every coffee table. Why? It offers true wisdom for a world on the brink of a new moral movement. How in the world do people manage to choose life over and over and over? In time I hope this large volume will be re-published in a smaller format, accessible, portable, and available to those with limited resources.
Jackson told me: “ Most exciting and unexpected to me was the fact that these people, while in the very midst of despair, asked the most profound life questions, and derived remarkable insights from their struggles."
Arthur Frank in his study about illness narratives speaks about three trajectories: chaos, quest, and restitution. Most of the stories in this book start with chaos that leads to quest and ends with restitution. It would have been too difficult to sit and read chaos stories that were never resolved. Those who work on college campuses know many chaos stories as well.
Every vignette in “Portraits of Resilience” has important take home messages. The book is a hidden gem I would have missed had I not tuned into the PBS Newshour when Daniel Jackson and three of his students were interviewed. All health care professionals, college teachers, university administrator, indeed anyone who interacts with others, will be inspired by the luminous, haunting photographs and the moving text. Maybe after studying resilience, we can then turn to stories of chaos and learn how to help those who find themselves caught in that maelstrom.
And it's also in my physical health toolkit too because this book also contains profiles in courage of people dealing with physical illness or pain.
I am very grateful to Professor Jackson and his courageous subjects for taking the time to declare war on the shame and stigma of mental illness with their portraits and their words. These 2 plagues have caused - and continue to cause - a huge amount of pain and suffering to me, and also to many others who have been diagnosed with a mood disorder.
Right now I am able to read the words in this book. But should I relapse and have trouble reading (which has happened), I will see this book on my kitchen counter and look at the cover portrait of Sathya Silva.
Her eyes say to me: "I am resilient. You can be, too."