Survival Skills: How to Handle Life's Catastrophes

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Life is full of trouble and difficulties, but it is also full of beauty and joy. Every day you face your own set of problems. Every day, you deal with these issues, struggling through them, working to survive and become a stronger and better person.
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Overview

Life is full of trouble and difficulties, but it is also full of beauty and joy. Every day you face your own set of problems. Every day, you deal with these issues, struggling through them, working to survive and become a stronger and better person.
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VOYA - Courtney Huse Wika
Each of these series books offers engaging information and trustworthy advice for several real-life situations, including cancer and life-threatening diseases, racism, surviving in the wilderness, life's catastrophes, and school violence. Survival Skills begins with a brief and accessible discussion of the psychology of stress and its role in adolescence, and offers twelve pieces of advice for overcoming difficult experiences and catastrophes. These tips are derived from a special set of skills exhibited by survivors of personal, physical, and natural disasters and serve as a foundation for the chapters that follow, including "Find Positive Channels for your Anger" and "Connect to Something Bigger than Yourself." A similar approach is used in Students in Danger. This book is dedicated to explaining the psychology of school violence through real-life examples and stories. The book discusses the highly publicized school shootings of Columbine, Virginia Tech, and the West Nickel Mines Schoolhouse and attempts to make sense of such seemingly senseless violence. It also discusses bullying as another, and often overlooked, form of school violence, emphasizing its prevalence and the fact that students who are victims of such treatment are not alone. Each book advances the idea that although humankind may suffer certain catastrophes, acts of violence, or other life-threatening and life-changing experiences, there is always hope and help. These high-quality books feature important, and sometimes complex, information in an easy-to-read format, offering high-gloss photographs, marginal glossary notes, concept definitions, a bibliography, and further reading recommendations. Eachbook is packed with interesting, thought-provoking information for the adolescent reader. What makes the installments especially engaging and relevant is their frequent use of personal stories and interviews. For example, the school violence installment not only narrates experiences of school shootings survivors but also highlights individual celebrities' battles with school bullying, such as Tiger Woods, Chris Rock, Bill Clinton, and Christina Aguilera, among others. Well-written and engaging, these personal stories help make the issue at hand more concrete, rather than abstract and general. In this way, readers are able to apply the information to their own lives and connect with the idea beyond a simple definition. Reviewer: Courtney Huse Wika
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 What Does It Take to Be a Survivor? 9

2 Face Reality 29

3 Find Positive Channels for Your Anger 35

4 Make a Plan 43

5 Don't Think of Yourself as a Victim 53

6 Celebrate Your Success 65

7 Help Others 73

8 Keep Your Sense of Humor 79

9 Connect to Something Bigger Than Yourself 83

10 Believe in Yourself 89

11 Surrender 95

12 Do Whatever Is Necessary 105

13 Never Give Up 111

Further Reading 120

For More Information 121

Bibliography 122

Index 124

Picture Credits 125

About the Author and the Consultant 126

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