- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (July 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521195632
- ISBN-13: 978-0521195638
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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. Both professional and lay readers will find much that is useful for both their work and personal lives.
The vast amount of research in this book makes it a useful text for a college course, as well as a handbook for the human resource manager. It should be bedside table reading for all those in counseling or caregiver occupations
Let's go further. Given the challenges of coping well in today's world with new stress always around the corner, it is incumbent upon each of us to bring the best we can in optimal functioning to our personal challenges. Therefore it is beneficial to step back to examine the awareness we have, the attitude we bring, to the stresses and strains of our lives. The book has enough explanation and demonstration in the new science of resilience to be useful if not necessary to most everyone. My only advice is to take it slow. The amount of research summarized is occasionally "mountainous." I intend to summarize and reframe this new science into a resilience checklist" for group discussion and training in "attitudes for Wellness. The new neuroscience also has much to offer on how our brain really works outside awareness. .
BTW, we now know we have a DNA chip or gene for belief, for story and storytelling. The key question is what story or stories will we choose to nurture the amazing journey of our heart? WE can find signposts and pathways through the new science of resilience. We are now the first generation of humans to really know, to know that we literally came from the stars. We are stardust gathered into this singular unique person who is an elegant and humble portal for understanding the universe that we are part of. The story of faith tells us we are created in the image of mystery and live inside the connectedness of mystery. "The most beautiful thing in the universe is the mysterious," said Einstein. Ther scientific bent of the authors do not allow them to deal with "mystery." Yet it is implied everywhere so this is a beautiful book.