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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (23 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521195632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521195638
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'[The authors] have written a crisp, user-friendly guide to the latest scientific research on resilience. With a light touch, they illuminate what seems to be every major study in the field over the last 20 years. In reading this short book, one can come away with much like a PhD or MD in the new science of resilience … splendid.' The Washington Independent Review of Books (washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com)

'… an enjoyable and informative read. Those seeking inspiration and hope that adversity can be survived will be reassured; readers who want an overview of contemporary research on resiliency will be nourished by the thorough reviews; and those seeking self-improvement advice will find many promising practices.' PsycCRITIQUES

'An important resource for all mental health clinicians and others interested in trauma and resilience.' Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D&D TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 May 2013
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The authors, leaders in the fairly new field of resilience, describe it as "complex, multidimensional and dynamic". Their book is a fascinating read because it is solidly based on researching what makes some more resilient than others.

Resilience, they say, has multiple perspectives; it is more than a simple psychological trait or biological phenomenon. They explain that people tend to be more resilient in some areas of their lives than others, and during some - but not all - phases of their lives: perhaps able to bounce back better at work than at home, or when young rather than later in life. Healthy adaptation also depends on available resources through family, friends and a variety of organisations - even on the characteristics of specific cultures and religions, communities, societies and governments.

They point out that resilience is common, we see it all around us, and for most people it can be enhanced through learning and training. Yet, bouncing back is nevertheless easier for some than others. Those with resources such as financial security, a high level of education, an interesting and rewarding career, and strong social networks are able to leverage those resources while those without can fall into a "loss spiral". They caution that this does not mean we should give up but rather recognise we may have a more difficult road to travel, which may allow us to be more patient with ourselves.

Through research they shortlist 10 top "resilience factors" : realistic optimism, facing fear, moral compass, religion and spirituality, social support, resilient role models, physical fitness, brain fitness, cognitive and emotional flexibility, and meaning and purpose.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sparky on 4 Nov 2012
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If you are interested in the science of growth, mastery, and personal power, this book is a must read.

It covers in detail all the recent findings in psychology and neuroscience on the topic of personal development under one cover. Some of the hot topics addressed include: mindfulness training, the relationship between physical activity and mental function, neuroplasticity, neurobiology of stress, anxiety and arousal. The authors do a beautiful job of putting all these diverse ideas into an easy to read narrative.

What is also amazing is that all the key points on each topic are addressed fully in such a short book. Most of the material in "Resilience" has already been written about in other books but it would take at least 10 of them to get to the same level of understanding on all the relevant topics.

The book has been a pleasure to read because the authors have found a perfect balance between a dry academic text and meaningless motivational waffle. The science is real and backed up by references. The personal accounts are well picked and demonstrate the key arguments in real life. However, this is not an instruction manual - there is no bullet list of "10 funky steps to become super resilient" anywhere in the book. If you want to apply any of the principles to your own life you will have to work that out for yourself. Some advice is given in the last chapter but it is very open ended.

If you need to read up on the science of personal strength, either for yourself or for professional research, this book is a great starting point. Throughout the text you will find references to other books, research papers, and websites where you can find more information on a given topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A on 23 Mar 2014
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Personally I found it extremely good. However might be a hard read for someone of a nervous disposition as there are a lot of examples of bad things that have happened to people in this book.
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By gumper on 1 Dec 2014
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mind over matter apathy is a disease think positive dont let anything get you and be a winner
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Secret DoS on 19 Aug 2014
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Twenty words, eh? That's all I need to type to be able to share my view of this book with the world; a mere twenty words. Two lots of ten; four lots of five; five lots of four. How does this grab you?
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