The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges, 3rd edition
by Steven M. Southwick, Dennis S. Charney, and Jonathan M. DePierro
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Pub Date 07 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2023
Life presents us all with challenges. Most of us at some point will be struck by major traumas such as the sudden death of a loved one, a debilitating disease, or a natural disaster. What differentiates us is how we respond. In this important book, three experts in trauma and resilience answer key questions such as What helps people adapt to life's most challenging situations?, How can you build up your own resilience?, and What do we know about the science of resilience? Combining cutting-edge scientific research with the personal experiences of individuals who have survived some of the most traumatic events imaginable, including the COVID-19 pandemic, this book provides a practical resource that can be used time and time again. The experts describe ten key resilience factors, including facing fear, optimism, and relying on role models, through the experiences and personal reflections of highly resilient survivors. Each resilience factor will help you to adapt and grow from stressful life events and will bring hope and inspiration for overcoming adversity.
"The Resilience book is an extraordinary manual that combines theory and practice, biology psychology, spirituality, social sciences to offer the complete science and knowledge of not just survival in times of suffering and tragedy but learning to thrive and find higher purpose. Our brains are created by genes but sculpted by experiences. This book covers both the science of epigenetics and neuroplasticity to show that our biological organism can be redesigned for joy and optimal integration of body, mind and spirit." Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, FRCP
‘To paraphrase the bumper sticker “stuff happens” and it is how we respond to adversity that matters. Steven Southwick, Dennis Charney and Jonathan DePierro show us how, provide an expert’s guide to the science, and offer practical advice for navigating life’s challenges. In this deeply personal book, replete with juicy and often harrowing details of extraordinary hardships faced by both themselves and others they know, they provide living examples that will inspire. Resilience is a beautiful book that will benefit everyone.’ Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., author of the New York Times bestseller The Emotional Life of Your Brain