Expanding on her viral post that has become an international phenomenon, a psychotherapist offers simple yet effective solutions for increasing mental strength and finding happiness and success in life.
As a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor, and psychotherapist, Amy Morin has seen countless people choose to succeed despite facing enormous challenges. That resilience inspired her to write 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, a web post that instantly went viral, and was picked up by the Forbes website.
Morin’s post focused on the concept of mental strength, how mentally strong people avoid negative behaviors—feeling sorry for themselves, resenting other people’s success, and dwelling on the past. Instead, they focus on the positive to help them overcome challenges and become their best.
In this inspirational, affirmative book, Morin expands upon her original message, providing practical strategies to help readers avoid the thirteen common habits that can hold them back from success. Combining compelling anecdotal stories with the latest psychological research, she offers strategies for avoiding destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors common to everyone.
Like physical strength, mental strength requires healthy habits, exercise, and hard work. Morin teaches you how to embrace a happier outlook and arms you to emotionally deal with life’s inevitable hardships, setbacks, and heartbreaks—sharing for the first time her own poignant story of tragedy, and how she summoned the mental strength to move on. As she makes clear, mental strength isn’t about acting tough; it’s about feeling empowered to overcome life's challenges.
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About the Author
Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and an instructor at Northeastern University. She serves as a parenting expert for Verywell and she’s a columnist for Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today. She’s a highly sought-after speaker who has given one of the most popular TEDx talks of all time. Her advice has been featured by major media outlets including Parenting, Time, Fox News, CNN, and Oprah.com. She is the author of the international bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.
Table of Contents
What is Mental Strength? 5
Chapter 1 They Don't Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves 16
Chapter 2 They Don't Give Away Their Power 34
Chapter 3 They Don't Shy Away from Change 52
Chapter 4 They Don't Focus on Things They Cant Control 72
Chapter 5 They Don't Worry About Pleasing Everyone 91
Chapter 6 They Don't Fear Taking Calculated Risks 110
Chapter 7 They Don't Dwell on the Past 129
Chapter 8 They Don't Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over 146
Chapter 9 They Don't Resent Other People's Success 162
Chapter 10 They Don't Give Up After the First Failure 180
Chapter 11 They Don't Fear Alone Time 196
Chapter 12 They Don't Feel the World Owes Them Anything 215
Chapter 13 They Don't Expect Immediate Results 230
Conclusion: Maintaining Mental Strength 248
A Note from Any Morin 281
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After appreciating the author's article with the same time that appeared in Forbes magazine, I was looking forward to her book with high expectations. They were met. As good as that article is, this book takes it to a much deeper level with fuller examples and explanations, but maintains the reader's interests throughout. I consider this book exceptional. The analogy that I will use is that it is the opposite of most movies that are based on books. In movies, things are often removed to fit time. In this case, the Forbes article is expounded upon to include explanations and examples of real-life situations that can be applied whether the reader is looking for ways to improve their personal life, their professional life, their financial situation, ways to take care of their health, relationships- I, suppose, just about any part of life. There is very little jargon, no fluff, and I felt that Ms. Morin truly cares about the reader, rather than caring more for self-promotion of her expertise. She is expert. She is just as human as the reader. Both the situations and the recommendations are "real." I was left with no thought whatsoever that the recommendations are "good theories that might work in an ideal setting, but not in real life". I have read or listened to over 100 books that deal with personal improvement of some kind. Most are specific to one or two aspects of life. I would rank "13 Things..." with the very best of them for what I look for in in a book.
This book was great! It kept my attention and was insightful. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is open to making positive changes.