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Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience Paperback – October 14, 2013
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- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393346633
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393346633
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 14, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #383,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Instead, Laurence Gonzales spends more time in each chapter retelling the trauma of his subjects than exploring their strategies for living with the subsequent adversity. His fascination with those traumatic events, which served him well in building some brilliant ideas about the power of mental modeling in "Deep Survival", is a distraction here. It's oddly disproportionate; a lot of energy is spent on the dissection of these events, but there appears to be no clear understanding of resiliency. If anything, the only idea I think he ties together is that those qualities that made these people survive their trauma also helped them recover and live with the aftermath.
While there is certainly truth to that, in my mind, that certainly doesn't carry over to many folks who do survive bad situations, and resiliency is a very rich subject matter, which he fails to explore. I got so tired of reading lengthy details about these bad things that happened to people, but without any substantive exploration of resiliency, the grief process, survivor's guilt, or any of the myraid of related topics I assumed this book would be about that we, humans, health care and mental health care providers, and researchers are still understanding. I had high hopes as Laurence Gonzales demonstrated in "Deep Survival" an ability to pull together a useful idea from many different stories, that I was eager to see what he would bring to the table here and ultimately left frustrated.
The book Surviving Survival is NOT a rehash of his previous book Deep Survival despite the erroneous description by some reviewers. Surviving Survival reviews and then discusses the aftermath of some of the survival stories of Deep Survival but explores how those survivors overcame their trauma. Furthermore, ;Surviving Survival introduces many new survival stories not discussed in Deep Survival.
Laurence has a terrific conclusion to his book Surviving Survival with not just one but two chapters on the lessons to be learned from the survivors overcoming the trauma of their survival. Chapter 14 discusses the conclusions made by the Terman Grant Study. Chapter 15 then discusses Laurence's strategies of overcoming the trauma of survival.
I will quickly summarize the lessons learned from the Terman Study because another reviewer does a great job of summarizing Chapter 15. The Study offered the following steps to overcome trauma of:
1. Acknowledge fear, rage, sadness, but then use those emotions to move into a seeking mode.
2. Think, analyze, and plan.
3. Know what you have and what you want.
4. Act on you plan.
5. Celebrate your successes.
6. Count you blessing
7. Play and have fun.
8. See the beauty in life.
9. Believe that you can influence events to a certain extent and not adopt a victim mentality.
10. Let go of your fears, move forward, and trust the process.
11. Do whatever I necessary to make that move happen.
12. Never give up.
I will quickly conclude that Surviving Survival provides valuable practical advice for living, but also provides spiritual and philosophical satisfaction to the reader. Laurence again provides a book to enrich and ensure your life.