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The entire self-improvement industry puts the responsibility for change on us as individuals, producing few if any long-term changes in our health or happiness. In this mind-bending look at what the science of resilience teaches us about success, Dr. Michael Ungar shows that individual growth depends very little on what we think, feel, or behave. Dr. Ungar is one of the world's leading experts on thriving through adversity. Delving into the latest research, he demonstrates that the ethic of rugged individualism and the victim-blaming politics that come with it are red herrings in the science of success.
Dr. Ungar explores reals lives, across age and culture, and discovers that the answers lie in the people and the support systems around us. Supportive spouses, caring families, nurturing employers, and effective governments are very often the difference between individual success and failure. The good news is that it is easier to change your environment than it is to change yourself. Indeed, Dr. Ungar has solid evidence that we can influence the world around us in ways that will make us more resilient both at home and on the job.
“Michael Ungar’s Change Your World shows that recovery, functioning and positive change in the face of adversity is not a lonely path trod by individuals; here lies the personal and social transformative power of resilience.” – Joel Reyes, Sr. Education and Institutional Development Specialist, World Bank
Finally, a master story-teller presents a clear-eyed case for why the systems that surround us determine more where we emerge in life than our personal qualities. Working in a developing country, I am struck by the insistent narrative that we hold keys to our success in our hands. Try telling that to a child growing in poverty, immersed in a failing school, and surrounded by a poor healthcare system. – Dipak Naker, Cofounder and Codirector, Raising Voices
“Dr. Ungar’s research sheds light on the enigma of resilience – it is about healthy communities after all.” – Dr. Gregory Taylor, former Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
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