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The Survivor Personality: Why Some People Are Stronger, Smarter, and More Skillful at Handling Life's Difficulties...and How You Can Be, Too Paperback – September 1, 1996
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When faced with adversity, tragedy, or just bad karma, what makes one person crumble, another survive, and another thrive? Al Siebert first became interested in this question when he discovered that World War II combat survivors were less like Sylvester Stallone in Rambo and more like Alan Alda playing Hawkeye, the irreverent M.A.S.H. surgeon. Years of subsequent research taught Seibert that those who survive (and thrive) often respond to challenge with humor, wisdom, and mental and emotional flexibility. No, life isn't fair, but Siebert shows us the tricks to regaining our stability in a world that seems hell-bent on knocking us off track.
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Al Siebert, Ph.D., founder of the Resiliency Center, led management psychology seminars at Portland State University for more than 40 years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The philosopher Nietzsche once said, "That which does not destroy [or kill] me, makes me stronger." Guess what? There is finally a practical book that shows you how to do that and this is the book!!
This is not a cookbook of instructions but a book of practical guidelines to help you discover inborn abilities that NO one else can reveal to you.
What are some of the features of this book that enable you to do this? They are as follows:
(1) TRUE STORIES. The book is punctuated with true stories from those people who were initially knocked down by disruptive change. These people were able to access their will to survive, and even gain strength from their adversity.
(2) SELF-DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY INSERTS. These short activities are for helping the reader get the most out of the book. They occur at various places throughout the book.
(3) DIAGRAMS AND CHARTS. These also occur at various places throughout the book. These are to help the reader understand important concepts.
(4) THE AUTHOR'S WRITING STYLE. All of what the author writes is easy to understand. I could find no technical psychobabble anywhere in the book.
(5) OTHER RESOURCES. For those who want more information, other resources are listed at the back of the book. An internet address is also given.
I especially liked two chapters. There first one is entitled "Thriving" which reveals how to grow in adversity instead of being a victim. The other one is entitled "The Roots of Resiliency: Your Inner 'Selfs'." This chapter examines and helps the reader understand his/her inner resiliency resources.
In conclusion, being a disabled person I can validate what the author says in the final paragraph of his book: "It is...adversity [that] can lead to the discovery of strengths that you did not know you had...and a difficulty that almost breaks your spirit can be turned into one of the best things that ever happened to you."
Among the topics covered: typical characteristics of survivors, how to analyze their survival strategies, how to deal with issues of conflicting personalities and team dynamics. The relationship between survival instinct and leadership is also explored. Illustrating all of these areas, the book is full of inspiring case histories. Some of the stories may be familiar (e.g. the anecdote about Disney), but there should be plenty of new and surprising material for any reader.
One gets the sense, quite early in the book, that this is not merely a list of things to do to become a survivor. Rather, the author's strategy is to help the reader recognize the traits he/she already has, and develop those. Supplementing that, the reader is given tips on how to inherit strategies from successful survivors.
The following readers may benefit most from this book: students in leadership classes; psychology students; student advisors and teachers... and anyone who knows substantial adversity. If you haven't experienced a major challenge to your physical and/or mental well-being, then the book may not engage you as effectively. I used it as an informal text for a course on survival and found that some of my students couldn't connect to it, simply because they hadn't yet faced an issue of survival. Key to the author's zen-like approach is that you learn through your own experiences, so... if your life has been smooth sailing so far then the book simply may not ring any bells... yet. At least for me (~20 years older than my students), the book rang plenty of bells!
I deduct one star because I find many of the illustrations confusing- unnecessarily so. Also, I suspect that today's readers would value more questionnaire-type material and ways for them to evaluate their progress in understanding the concepts. There are a few homework-like assignments in the book, and they are helpful; I'd simply like to see more of that. Also, perhaps it is unfair to expect teaching aids / talking points in a book like this, but... the topic is so apt for college-age students, it'd be helpful to have some of these built into the book.
I recommend this book highly.
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