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The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles Paperback – October 14, 2003
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The science in The Resilience Factor takes an extraordinary leap from the research introduced in the bestselling Learned Optimism a decade ago. Just as hundreds of thousands of people were transformed by "flexible optimism," readers of this book will flourish, thanks to their enhanced ability to overcome obstacles of any kind. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté are seasoned resilience coaches and, through practical methods and vivid anecdotes, they prove that resilience is not just an ability that we're born with and need to survive, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive.
Readers will first complete the Resilience Questionnaire to determine their own innate levels of resilience. Then, the system at the heart of The Resilience Factor will teach them to:
Cast off harsh self-criticisms and negative self-images
Navigate through the fallout of any kind of crisis
Cope with grief and anxiety
Overcome obstacles in relationships, parenting, or on the job
Achieve greater physical health
Bolster optimism, take chances, and embrace life
In light of the unprecedented challenges we've recently faced, theres never been a greater need to boost our resilience. Without resorting to feel-good pap or quick-fix clichés, The Resilience Factor is self-help at its best, destined to become a classic in the genre.
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I was very excited to read this book because I've read numerous books by Seligman and have found them extremely useful. Since both authors teach at the University of Pennsylvania, I dove in.
I read the entire book and took notes. I then took my notes and put them into a form that reflex the processes that the authors describe. Once I saw the abbreviated form it was extremely helpful. I am convinced that with good editing this book could have been 1/3 of the length and far more effective.
The Resilience Factor gives you a set of about seven techniques. Most of the techniques come from Cognitive Behaviour Theraphy (CBT) and are a concise summary of those techniques. These techniques should be taught in school to high stress professions like law, law enforcement, and are critical for your survival on the job.
This book was an exploration, via cognitive behavioral therapy, of resilience, and gives the reader seven skills to master to increase their own resilience. The two authors, who are also resilience researchers, call these skills: emotion regulation, impulse control, empathy, causal analysis, self-efficacy, and reaching out. These seven skills can be measured (and the book includes self-tests), learned (through practicing concepts discussed in the book) and continually improved.
Although this book was enormously helpful to me, it does cover only the aspect of resilience that responds to CBT, and thus is somewhat narrow in scope. It doesn't explore spiritual aspects of resilience, or other approaches, just cognitive behavioral therapy. However, it does this quite well. In addition, the writing style was academic, so I felt as though I was reading a text, and it was a bit of work to get through it rather than fun. Note that in this paperback version the text is small; I struggled especially with the text size in the inset boxes. Still, with those limitations, it covered the topic well and will be very useful to me.
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It links in nicely with the positive psychological school of thought that is moving the study of this area forward rather than the constantly looking back over the shoulder of previous schools to find out what is wrong rather than what is right.
I recommend if you wish to understand resilience and hardiness further then read this one.
I think it is time for an updated edition, as the principles are sound.
I'm. It all the way through yet but already I find myself mentally reverting to some of the advice and, more crucially for me, understanding the reasons why I'm thinking and acting as I am which then leads me onto applying the advice given.
If you are interested in the subject, I guess this is the book to read.