- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harper Wave; Reprint edition (April 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062267868
- ISBN-13: 978-0062267863
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We all face setbacks, losses, and adversity in life. More than four billion of us will even survive a trauma. Most will eventually bounce back. But some people do more: they bounce forward. These are the supersurvivors—people who not only rebuild their lives but grow in ways never previously imagined. Beginning where resilience ends, David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz look beyond traditional psychology for a deeper understanding of the strength of the human spirit. What they find flies in the face of conventional wisdom—that positive thinking may hinder more than help; that perceived support can be just as good as the real thing; and that realistic expectations may be a key to great success.
Weaving stories of extraordinary people with the latest scientific findings, Feldman and Kravetz offer an emotionally compelling and thought-provoking look at what is possible in the face of adversity. Supersurvivors resets our thinking about how to deal with our own challenges, no matter how big or small.
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When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, many well-meaning people tried to encourage her and our family with kind words - "She can beat this!" "She will be fine! Just stay positive." "God doesn't give us anything we can't handle". And so on. I generally did not find statements of this type either helpful or inspiring.
This is not to deny being positive, certainly that is helpful in recovery, but more helpful is the concept the authors identify as "grounded hope". As they point out, grounded hope is more pessimistic than positive thinking, but more realistic than pessimism. The authors acknowledge the suffering of those who experience trauma (which will be the majority of us at some time or another), but the focus of this book is learning from the experiences of a sampling of those who revolutionized their own lives or the world around them as a result of that trauma.
Many of the myths they examine such as positive thinking and then replace with grounded, realistic hope are in line with what I see in my practice. I was intrigued by the concept of perceived support, realizing that support may be available but not absorbed and how small but steady support received can make such a difference. A truly fascinating read.
Not only is the material highly relatable but it's also a very well written book. I am gifting it to my friends because this information is very relevant. So often we dismiss life events as just that not realizing what's happened to us internally. This book helped clarify so much for me about my life, the choices I've made along the way and what I'd watched others around me go through. I'm a better person for this book.