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Resiliency - the ability to adapt to life's changes and crises - is the key to a healthy, productive life. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get bogged down by feelings of anger and helplessness. The Resiliency Advantage helps readers banish negative, self-defeating thoughts and break free from the roles of "victim" and "good child" while improving problem-solving skills, maintaining humor and optimism during rough times, and becoming both self-reliant and socially responsible. By mastering the five stages of ...
Resiliency - the ability to adapt to life's changes and crises - is the key to a healthy, productive life. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get bogged down by feelings of anger and helplessness. The Resiliency Advantage helps readers banish negative, self-defeating thoughts and break free from the roles of "victim" and "good child" while improving problem-solving skills, maintaining humor and optimism during rough times, and becoming both self-reliant and socially responsible. By mastering the five stages of development - sustaining health, energy, and positive feelings; handling challenges; achieving positive self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-concept; honing the skills and attributes of highly resilient people; and developing a talent for serendipity - readers learn to stand up to adversity, overcome obstacles, and meet life head on.
|Preface: A Head Start on Resiliency||vii|
|1||Thriving in Today's World||1|
|2||How Resilient Are You?||15|
|3||Bouncing Back from Setbacks||20|
|4||Level One Resiliency: Optimize Your Health: A Practical Action Plan||35|
|5||Level Two Resiliency: Skillfully Problem Solve||53|
|6||Level Three Resiliency: Strengthen Your Three Inner Selfs||71|
|7||Level Four Resiliency: Unleash Your Curiosity: Enjoy Learning in the School of Life||91|
|8||Level Four Resiliency: The Power of Positive Expectations||106|
|9||Level Four Resiliency: Integrating Your Paradoxical Abilities||120|
|10||Level Four Resiliency: Allowing Everything to Work Well: The Synergy Talent||139|
|11||Level Five Resiliency: Strengthening Your Talent for Serendipity||157|
|12||Level Five Resiliency: Mastering Extreme Resiliency Challenges||171|
|13||Level Five Resiliency: Our Transformational Breakthrough||191|
|About the Author||226|
Dr. Al Siebert, who also wrote The Survivor Personality, was a renowned international expert on how mentally healthy people turn the worst experiences in life into the most valuable. He died in 2009 after training many thousands about how we learn and grow from tough challenges instead of becoming victims. Whether the challenges are physical, mental, emotional, or organizational, the healthiest people bounce back and become stronger from what might traumatize others.
Siebert describes five levels of resiliency, from dimensions of health and problem solving to self-esteem, paradoxical qualities and serendipity. While his descriptions of the five stages are complex, they are crystal clear.
Another strength of the book are assessments and exercises. One assessment provides a resiliency score with reommendations on what to do, given our level. Another addresses feelings of internal control, i.e., the perceptions we have of whether we control our futures or luck and powerful others control us. Those who believe they can influence events increase their odds of doing so. Attitude is more powerful than intelligence.
Siebert's references to other insightful works such as Viktor Frankl's Man' Search for Meaning, that focused on Holocaust survivors, enrich his perspective, but it is the stories that are the most powerful. His descriptions, sometimes delivered in the words of the individuals themselves, inspire us with success stories of people who are grateful for the disasters that anyone would choose to avoid. There are references to the famous such as Lance Armstrong and to those with no fame or riches who have lost everything and yet emerged triumphant.
It is a talent to deliver theoretical concepts in a conversational way, but Al's experience on talk shows such as Oprah and his relaxed life in Portland living beside the Columbia River give a natural flow to his words and imagery.
For the strong and healthy, the principles of resiliency reinforce their commitments to finding value in adversity. For those with less confidence there are practical steps to give them strength and hope.
When life seems just too much of a burden to bear, this book can bring an energizing commitment to appreciating the opportunities we have.
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Posted March 15, 2011
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