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The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back from Setbacks [Paperback]

Al Siebert
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1 May 2005
The Resiliency Advantage is the first book based in the emerging new "science" of resiliency.

It shows people in all occupations and circumstances how to become skilled at bouncing back quickly from setbacks, making difficult challenges turn out well, and converting misfortune into good fortune.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler; 1 edition (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576753298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576753293
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Al Siebert (Portland, OR) is Director of The Resiliency Center and author of The Survivor Personality. He is an ex-paratrooper with a Ph.D. in psychology. He is internationally recognized for his research into the inner nature of highly resilient survivors. He is frequently quoted in books and articles, and has been interviewed on National Public Radio and OPRAH. His specialty is teaching how to be highly resilient in a world that is changing too fast.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote to stress 14 Aug 2008
By Dr. Nicholas P. G. Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
For too long we have focused on stress, and the concepts of "risk" "safety" and "worry."

This book makes the great point that most humans are actually pretty resilient, and by and large they handle life's stresses pretty well. When you look at things this way round the person with "stress" usually turns out to have a temporary strain and to be otherwise managing well. If they can map over their abilities from other areas of their life they usually find they can find a way to handle their current strain.

If you want mental health it makes great sense to focus on how to build up your resilience rather than on the neurotic avoidance of stress.

This book is an excellent description of why resilience is so useful, and of ways to bolster it. I recommend it as an antidote for, and as a necessary balance to, concepts of stress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 20 Nov 2010
By The Emperor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I found this to be pretty useful. It has lots of good ideas about how to become more resilient and to deal with life's setbacks. It is an easy read but also rigorous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars finding your potential 28 April 2013
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This is a good follow up to the 'Survivor Personality' and builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical book 8 May 2013
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I really appreciated Al Siebert's comprehensive and practical insight into this vitally important subject of resilience, it is clearly presented with many practically helpful tools to develop this important skill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A practical book that provides valuable tools for confronting life's difficult challenges!!! 30 Dec 2006
By Stephen Pletko - Published on

Self-rate yourself on a scale from 1 (meaning little agreement) to 5 (meaning strongly agree) on the following ten items:

(1) In a crisis or chaotic situation, I calm myself and focus on taking useful actions.
(2) I'm usually optimistic, seeing difficulties as temporary and believe things will eventually turn out well.
(3) I can tolerate high levels of uncertainty and ambiguity.
(4) I'm good at bouncing back from difficulties and quickly adapt to new developments.
(5) I'm self-confident and have a healthy concept of who I am.
(6) I prefer to work without a written job description since I'm more effective when I'm free to do what I think is best in each situation.
(7) I trust my intuition and "read" people well.
(8) I'm a good listener and have good empathy skills.
(9) I've been made stronger and better by difficult experiences.
(10) I've converted misfortune into good luck and even found benefits in bad experiences.

A low score of (under 25) means your resiliency skills are weak and you would greatly benefit from this amazing, easy-to-read, psychobabble-free book by Dr. Al Siebert, a clinical psychologist and Director of "The Resiliency Center". (`Resiliency' means (i) coping well with ongoing negative change (ii) sustaining good health and energy under constant pressure (iii) bouncing back from setbacks and adversities (iv) changing to a new way of living and working when an old way no longer works (v) and doing all this without acting in harmful ways.)
A middle score of (25 to 45) means your resiliency skills are adequate but probably can be greatly enhanced by using this book.
A high score of (over 45) means you have good resiliency skills and this book will validate many things you are doing right.

This book in a nutshell presents five resiliency "levels" or skills (level four is divided into 4 sub-levels while level 5 is divided into 3 sub-levels) so, in effect, the reader is presented with ten essential resiliency skills that Siebert has distilled from "the emerging new science of resiliency psychology." This book, besides other important things, shows you how to:

(1) Sustain strong, healthy energy in non-stop pressure and change
(2) Bounce back quickly from setbacks
(3) Gain strength from adversities
(4) Convert misfortune into good fortune
(5) Overcome tendencies to feel like a victim, and stay detached from victim reactions of others
(6) Overcome the three main resiliency barriers.

Who is this book written for? Siebert explains: "The resiliency guidelines in this book focus mainly on resiliency in the workplace, but they apply broadly to all aspects of life." (Actually, I think Siebert is being too restrictive in saying that these principles "focus mainly on resiliency in the workplace." Personally, I think these principles are essential to know so as to effectively play the game of life.)

What will this book NOT tell you? It "will not tell you what to do or how to act or think...Resilient people are those who decide that somehow, some way, they will do the very best they can to survive, cope, and make things turn out well." This book helps you develop your own unique way of being resilient by being both self-reliant and socially responsible.

As a physically disabled person, my personal favorite chapter was entitled "Mastering Extreme Resiliency Challenges." Included here are true stories from 9/11 survivors. I feel Siebert outdoes himself in this penultimate chapter.

Finally, this book has some key features. Important definitions, exercises, and other important and essential information are isolated from the main narrative as inserts so as to highlight key ideas. Each chapter is broken up into sections with anecdotes, examples, and true stories instead of having one long narrative. At the end of each chapter are insightful "Resiliency Development Activities" that help you utilize and think about the information from each chapter.

In conclusion, this is truly a helpful and unique book. Discover for yourself why this book was named the winner of the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the "Self Help" category at BookExpo America (the largest book publishing event in the United States) and why it was endorsed by the past president of the American Psychological Association!!

(first published 2005; preface; 13 chapters; main narrative 200 pages; notes; index; acknowledgements; about the author)

58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering the Art of Helping People Master Their Challenges 11 Sep 2005
By Gloria R. Nash - Published on
Dr. Al Siebert has been a pioneer in helping people move through difficult life circumstances to master adversity and grow stronger from their challenges. In alignment with the great Abraham Maslow, he has taken the road less traveled in psychology by studying what makes people strong rather than focusing on their weaknesses.

I was blessed to find Dr. Siebert's earlier book, "The Survivor Personality" at a time when I felt very victimized by the circumstances of my life. This was one of the most inspiring books I read. It helped open my eyes to perceive my challenges in a new way, so that I could move forward in my life journey emerging from my problems with greater well-being.

Dr. Siebert's new book, "The Resiliency Advantage," contains down to earth, practical information that can help anyone overcome setbacks and sudden changes that a person experiences as threatening to their well-being. Without the usual jargon of "psychobabble" or "feel-good" superficial advice that I find impractical or unsustainable, this book will help you see your world through a new lens of resilience, one of the primary concepts in emotional intelligence.

Dr. Siebert uses wonderful stories to illustrate these ideas and guaranteed to open anyone's heart.

My favorite parts of the book are the practical exercises that encourage viewing our challenges from a place of strength and as a path of growth. Investing in this book is worth gold if you would like to move your life out of a suvival mode and into one of thriving and getting better every day. I highly reccommend this book to everyone seeking to make sense of any challenge, both personal and the challenges we face in our world today.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Resiliency Advantage 11 Jan 2007
By Francine Keane - Published on
After a challenging year in which I have dealt with injury, financial devastation, and diabolical bureaucracy, it was great to be reminded, once again, that the reason I have thrived is largely because I exhibit 100% of the personality traits of a 'survivor'! The exercises included in this book are brilliant and I have recommended the book to many people, including my rehabilitation physician - who has thoroughly enjoyed my approach to everything but is still trying to figure me out! Should be required reading for all high school students and for anyone who is serious about tapping into real human potential. Thanks Al !
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review from PMH Atwater, L.H.D., Ph.D. (Hon.) 10 Nov 2006
By Cinemind - Published on
This book is all that it says it is, a veritable how-to in handling today's pressure and challenges, and doing it in a way that enhances your life while enabling you to dissolve much of the stress that tends to cripple. It is a book for the "right now" of life, specific suggestions for specific situations, lots of stories, ideas, even "resiliency development activites"at the close of each chapter. What peaked my attention, though, were the chapters from nine on, covering things like "Integrating Your Paradoxical Abilities," "Allowing Everything to Work Well - The Synergy Talent," "Strengthening Your Talent for Serendipity," "Mastering Extreme Resiliency Challenges," and "Our Transformational Breakthrough." Here Dr. Siebert is addressing, among others, those people who have had a near-death experience or a similar type of impactual transformation of consciousness. And what he has to offer is most incredible, real help for those who may need it or who can use a friendly nudge in the process of integrating such experiences. Recommended reading. --From Dr PMH Atwater [...]
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Guide In Becoming Our Best - A Must Read! 11 Jun 2005
By Mary G. Madrigal - Published on
Dr. Al Siebert has done an excellent job in capturing the true essence of motivating the reader to embrace their unquie ability to learn how to be resilient. Resiliency Advantage is a great step by step program in becoming resilient. There are exercises offered throughout the book that are simple, practical, and easy to apply.

I appreciated the flow of the material and Seibert's ability to engage, validate, encourage, and motivate the reader-- all in one book.

The Resiliency Advantage is a terrific guide in becoming our best, mastering change, thriving under pressure, and bouncing back from setbacks.
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