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Surviving Survival

The Art and Science of Resilience
Gonzales, Laurence (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Surviving Survival

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Drawing on cases across a range of life-threatening experiences, Laurence Gonzales makes a compelling argument about fear, courage and the adaptability of the human spirit.
Authors: Gonzales, Laurence, 1947-
Title: Surviving survival
the art and science of resilience
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: viii, 257 p. ;,25 cm.
Contents: Prologue : no way home
Be here now : from victum to rescuer
The crocodile within : the burden of invisible memory
The way of survival : rage in the realm of the spirits
The gift of adversity : a survivor's attitude and the personal scum line
The tyranny of reason : blindsight, gut feelings, and the sixth sight
Want it, need it, have it : of phantom limbs and children
See one, do one, teach one : the secret of seeking
"Please, God, let me kill her" : dismantling the self
Seaching for Frankenstein : knitting with words
Lessons from Ishmael : the neurophysiology of travel
The bear : one flew east, one flew west
The bricklayer : the long way home
The courage to suffer : if he can do it, you can, too
The science of adaptation : there's no revenge like success
The rules of life.
Summary: Drawing on cases across a range of life-threatening experiences, Laurence Gonzales makes a compelling argument about fear, courage and the adaptability of the human spirit.
ISBN: 9780393083187
Statement of Responsibility: Laurence Gonzales
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-242) and index.
Subject Headings: Resilience (Personality trait) Resourcefulness. Disasters Psychological aspects.
Topical Term: Resilience (Personality trait)
LCCN: 2012015592
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Jul 06, 2014
  • okbookgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gonzales profiles a number of people who survived harrowing experiences (attacks by wild animals, domestic violence, horrific injuries in war), and talks to these people about their experiences while healing and moving ahead in their lives. The author seamlessly interweaves what brain scientists and psychologists can tell us about the difficulties and successful strategies. At first I thought this book was going to be somewhat voyeuristic, looking into some of the most intense and terrible moments of people's lives, but Gonzales respects and admires their resiliency and courage- and lets the individuals speak for themselves.

insightful advice on how to overcome trauma in one's life whether physical or psychological. instructions on what to do if you feel stuck in a place where things that have happened in the past affect you in the present and the future. Karen G.

Dec 29, 2012
  • JudithE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Pretty good, if you are interested in how people survive the after-efects of severe trauma.


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