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, instructor at Northeastern University, and psychotherapist. She is the author of the international bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, as well as 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do. Amy is a regular contributor to Verywell, CNBC, Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today. She gave one of the most viewed TEDx talks of all time and was named the “self-help guru of the moment” by The Guardian. She lives in Marathon, Florida. 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do is her third book.
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