"This book teaches you how to become stronger, how to bend but not break, and how to make the best of a bad situation..."
Earvin "Magic" Johnson
Many of us will be struck by one or more major traumas sometime in our lives. Perhaps you have been a victim of sexual abuse, domestic violence, or assault. Perhaps you were a combat veteran. Or maybe you are among the millions who have suffered a debilitating disease, lost a loved one, or lost a job.
Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges reveals how new research into the psychological, biological, and social impact of trauma can help us manage our own stressors and tragedies.
Drawing on two decades of work with trauma survivors, Doctors Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney weave the latest scientific findings together with extraordinary stories of people who have overcome seemingly impossible situations. How did they do it? This book identifies ten "resilience factors" that these survivors use to cope, and shows how we can learn to become stronger and more resilient ourselves. Written by experts in post-traumatic stress, Resilience provides a vital roadmap for overcoming and potentially growing from the adversities we all face at some point in our lives.
Steven M. Southwick, M.D. is Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry, PTSD, and Resilience at the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale Child Study Center. He also works in the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD.
Dennis S. Charney, M.D. is Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean and Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Mount Sinai Medical Center.