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Back from the Brink: Coping with Stress Paperback – 23 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; 1st edition (23 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753510758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753510759
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nick Leeson tells his remarkable story post Rogue Trader-and being responsible for the biggest finacial scandal of the last century-including his four and a half years in gang-ridden Singapore jail,the break-upof his marriage,dealing with cancer and recovering to begin a new life Through a series of conversations with renowned psychologist Ivan Tyrell,Leeson's story and behaviour is realted in ways common to us all,but which were hugely magnifiedin his case. Part autobiography,part practical self-help guide for surviving stressthrough a series of no-holds barred interveiws,and with Nick's story as the backbone of the book,eminent psycologist Ivan Tyrell examines areas of stress common to us all but which were magnified in Leeson's case. Devoid of psychobabble,Tyrell's clear scientific analysis looks at Leeson's method of combating extreme circumstances to recover from illness and despair.Tyrell's analysis and suggestionsfor coping strategies are inspirational,have solidscientific grounding,and bringthis personalstory to the general reader with illuminating insight.

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Imagine spending three and a half years in prison for causing the financial scandal of the century, being divorced by your wife and then, to cap it all, being diagnosed with cancer.
In 1995, Nick leeson's unchecked risk-taking caused the sensational collapse of Barings Bank. He was sentenced to six and a half years in a gang-ridden Singaporean jail, in conditions that defy belief, while, at the same time, his wife left him and he was diagnosed with colon cancer. His stress levels were immeasuable yet, against all odds, he survived.
Back From The Brink tells Leeson's complete personal story, whilst in-depth conversations with top psychologist Ivan Tyrell show how the continual levels of high stress that affected Nick's mental and physical health can be related to us all, including
- living with relationship and family problems
- struggling with debt
- striving to achieve status and success
- coping with serious illness
These pressures are common to many of us yet Leeson's approaches to dealing with his experiences reveal inspirational methods of combating stress. The book enables readers to check their own stress levels by working through easy-to-use charts and questions, and Tyrell's clear, professional analysis and coping stratagies make Back From The Brink:Coping With Stress a practical yet inspirational book. this amazing story of recovery has real applications in the stressful climate of the modern world.

'My experiences may be unusual, but they offer real insight into how stress can get out of hand and affect all of us. this book will help people who feel overwhelmed by life's difficulties.'

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This is a great book looking at the causes and impact of stress from the very compelling Human Givens perspective, whilst also being part Nick Leeson's biography. In a nutshell, Human Givens looks at whether or not and how our innate human needs are met and how well we are able to use our innate human resources to meet our needs. The style of writing as if in a conversation sometimes feels laboured but otherwise well worth reading.
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I borrowed with book from my local library after going through some bad times. The book covered an important but uninteresting subject in tandem with Nick's story. Logically handled and interesting too boot I would recommend this to anyone who needs more information on Stress management and a more realistic outlook on life.
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I have not finished the book yet but what I have read so far I have found interesting. Also the book was second hand, the book was really good quality.
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By A Customer on 28 Jun. 2005
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This book has been written in the same easy-going style of Rogue Trader and I found myself working my way through it with easy, even stopping to complete the self help stress tests! And I'm pleased to say that I don't have anything to worry about.
In between the stress analysis and the interviews with psychologist Ivan Tyrell the book is basically an autobiography that picks up where Rogue Trader left off when Nick Leeson was sentenced to 6 years in a Sinaporean Jail in November 1995.
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One can take stress tests in any women's magazine. Or online. Or at a local clinic. One does not need to pay for a book written by a man who brought down an entire bank, endanging the futures of all who worked there.

If you want to know what stress is, consider this: imagine the bank you work for is put out of business by one irresponsible person. You lose you job, your benefits, your pension. You worry about your future or how you are going to pay for your house, your children's education, your mother's old-age home, your retirement, or tomorrow's groceries.

That's stress. What Mr. Leeson experienced was a little God-given inconvenience to his lifestyle.

If Nick Leeson interests you, then Amazon sells lots of other books about him that you can read. Those are the authors that deserve your money.
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