Bounce: Living the Resilient Life

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Overview

Stress is a fact of modern life. And as more and more people face greater financial insecurity, longer work hours, and the increasingly complex personal and social demands of our fast-paced, multi-tasking, high-tech lifestyle, finding healthy ways to handle stress is more important than ever.

In Bounce: Living the Resilient Life, Robert Wicks shows you not just how to manage stress, but how to transform stressful situations into opportunities to live a more meaningful, self-aware, and compassionate life. Wicks makes available to everyone techniques he has used for over 30 years in helping physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, educators, social workers, ministers, and relief workers not only survive but flourish in highly stressful occupations. You'll learn a wide range of methods—normally reserved for those in helping and healing professions—to help you bounce back from stress and live life to the fullest.

Bounce shows you how to:

· Recognize the insidious nature of denial and avoidance as responses to stress

· Employ psychologically powerful approaches to self-awareness

· Improve self-talk through the use of cognitive behavioral principles

· Apply daily-debriefing techniques

· Utilize a structured reflection guide to uncover areas that require special attention

· Incorporate silence, solitude, and mindfulness into daily life

· Stop the drain of valuable emotional energy caused by toxic life situations and unexamined attitudes and beliefs

· And much more
Most important, Bounce helps you develop your own self-care protocol and personal renewal program, based on an honest assessment of your needs, life situation, and habitual ways of dealing—or failing to deal—with stress.

Insightful, practical, and filled with wise guidance, Bounce shows us all how to live with greater resilience in a world that grows more stressful by the day.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Bounce treats us to 'Have a Life!'and live it more fully. Wicks helps us to develop hardiness, learn to debrief ourselves after a hard day, and create a personal self-care program we will actually follow. Insightful, practical, and often humorous, Bounce is the right tonic for the spirit that we need in today's stressful world." —Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

"Wicks has written a reflective book for counseling professionals seeking personal change and growth...counseling professionals searching for self-knowledge will find this book instructive, insightful and compelling." —Counseling Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195367683
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/24/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 483,980
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert Wicks received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Presently, he is a professor at Loyola University Maryland. In 1994, he was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their bloody civil war. In 2006, he delivered a presentation on self-care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and Walter Reed Army Hospital to health care professionals responsible for Iraqi war veterans with multiple amputations and severe head injuries. Dr. Wicks is author of numerous books including The Resilient Clinician (OUP, 2008), Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice (OUP, 2006), and the acclaimed best seller, Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times (Sorin Books, 2003). He lives with his wife Michaele in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Have a Life! An Introduction 3

Navigating Life's Rough Waters: Riding the Crest of Chronic and Acute Stress 23

Personal Renewal: Creating and Tailoring Your Own Self-Care Protocol 49

A Powerful Healing Combination: Friendship, Resilience, and Compassion 73

The First Steps Toward Self-Knowledge: Debriefing Yourself 103

Solitude, Silence, and Mindfulness: Centering Yourself in a Driven World 129

The Simple Care of a Hopeful Heart: A Brief Epilogue 163

Appendix A Creating and Reflecting Upon Your Own Stress-Resilience Profile: An Exercise in Strengthening Your Inner Life 167

Appendix B An Individual Reflection Guide 177

Further Reading: Resilience, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Contemporary Biographies/Autobiographies of Resilient People 193

Works Cited 201

Permissions 209

Index 211

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