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Developing Resilience: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach by [Neenan, Michael]
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'In this scholarly, yet practical book, Michael Neenan shows how you can develop skills for managing life challenges in a way that strengthens and empowers you. For anyone who wants to find inner strength in the face of adversity, this book is for you.' - Professor Alan Carr, Director of Clinical Psychology Training, University College Dublin, Ireland.

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Michael Neenan is Associate Director of the Centre for Stress Management, Kent, an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and author (with Windy Dryden) of Life Coaching: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge (9 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037MKT1S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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Resilience potentially exists within all of us. Focus upon resilience factors often means focusing upon our strengths instead of weaknesses in a way that helps us to anticipate problems and cope better with them when they happen. It's a concept currently growing in popularity as it holds promise for the prevention of psychological problems, such as depression, at a collective level. Michael Neenan's new book Developing Resilience: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach provides a detailed overview and guide to the subject of resilience from an evidence-based perspective.

Neenan and Prof. Windy Dryden have provided a very thorough definition of "resilience", which begins, "Resilience comprises a set of flexible cognitive, behavioural and emotional responses to acute or chronic adversities which can be unusual or commonplace. These responses can be learned and are within the grasp of everyone; resilience is not a rare quality given to a chosen few. While many factors affect the development of resilience, the most important one is the attitude you adopt to deal with adversity. Therefore attitude (meaning) is the heart of resilience."

This is a very enjoyable and easy book to read. It's erudite, academically-informed, and draws upon a wealth of research-based knowledge and clinical experience but is written and laid out in a very accessible "self-help" style. It manages to be one of those books that will appeal both to therapists and their clients and I will no doubt be recommending it to psychotherapy clients, for whom "Developing Resilience" is often a very attractive concept. It's also well-suited for coaching work, where, rather than psychopathology, the focus is mainly on strengths and coping with "everyday hassles.
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In 2007 I was attending the London conference of ISMA, The International Stress Management Association, where I listened to a session on resilience given by Michael Neenan. It struck me as a very important subject in that resilience and bulding it, is the flip side of dealing with stress after things happen. That's why I'm very glad to finally see and read the book by Michael Neenan on this subject Developing Resilience

Why should you buy and read this book? Because...

* It's well structured, hence easy to locate the areas you need to read; the subject index and chapters headings are helpful.

* The text is readable and accessible to both professionals working in coaching or therapy, and also the general lay reader.

* Contains the fruits and reflections of over 20 years practise in stress management and resilience building with clients. To my mind there's an interesting parallel here with the classic Dale Carnegie book How To Win Friends And Influence People in that like Carnegie, Neenan has obviously read widely on the subject, see the references section, to distill the insights and wisdom of others into this book. Given that the world is full of books, and we can't possibly read them all, this is a good aspect.

* Case studies, dialog with clients suitably anonymised, are included. While these may not fit exactly the readers issues and situations; they are helpful to illustrate the points discussed.

Any detractions?...
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What an incredibly helpful book and what clear, precise prose.

I won't repeat the excellent points made by other reviewers, but will add that this book is
- clear and concise
- addressed to the general reader
- grounded in an academically rigorous approach
- full of a-ha moments

Unusually for me I found myself taking notes which I still refer back to quite regularly.

What I particularly valued about this book was the precise and clear way it pins down the factors that support or undermine resilience.
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Michael Neenan comes at CBT from the angle of resilience here. While excellent when discussing what true resilience is and giving a broad strokes guide to developing resilience, he comes up a bit short in sharing ground-level, everyday steps to actually achieve it. I came away from the book understanding exactly why I needed to develop better resilience but slightly frustrated that I wasn't quite sure how to do it.

It's perhaps best as a companion piece to other CBT-influenced work, such as Russ Harris' ACT stuff, or Steve Peters' Chimp Paradox.
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