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Supersurvivors : The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success

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Starting where resiliency studies leave off, two psychologists explore the science of remarkable accomplishment in the wake of trauma, revealing the surprising principles that allow people to transform their lives and achieve extraordinary things.

Over four billion people worldwide will survive a trauma during their lives. Some will experience severe post-traumatic stress. Most will eventually recover and return to life as normal. But sometimes, survivors do more than bounce back. Sometimes they bounce forward.

These are the Supersurvivors--individuals who not only rebuild their lives, but also thrive and grow in ways never previously imagined. Beginning where resilience ends, David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz look beyond the tenets of traditional psychology for a deeper understanding of the strength of the human spirit. What they have found flies in the face of conventional wisdom--that positive thinking may hinder more than help; that perceived support can be just as good as the real thing; and that realistic expectations may be a key to great success.

They introduce the humble but powerful notion of grounded hope as the foundation for overcoming trauma. The authors interviewed dozens of men and women whose stories serve as the counterpoint to the latest scientific research. Feldman and Kravetz then brilliantly weave these extraordinary narratives with new science, creating an emotionally compelling and thought-provoking look at what is possible in the face of human tragedy. Supersurvivors will reset our thinking about how we deal with challenges, no matter how big or small.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 243 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 181g
  • Harper Wave
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062267868
  • 9780062267863
  • 511,183

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"Supersurvivors dares to ask, 'How, really, do we heal?' From real case studies and hard science, the answers it finds shake the foundations of the way we conceive recovery."--Po Bronson, New York Times bestselling author of NurtureShock
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We all face setbacks, losses, and adversity in life. More than four billion of us will even survive a trauma. Most will eventually bounce back. But some people do more: they bounce forward. These are the supersurvivors--people who not only rebuild their lives but grow in ways never previously imagined. Beginning where resilience ends, David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz look beyond traditional psychology for a deeper understanding of the strength of the human spirit. What they find flies in the face of conventional wisdom--that positive thinking may hinder more than help; that perceived support can be just as good as the real thing; and that realistic expectations may be a key to great success.

Weaving stories of extraordinary people with the latest scientific findings, Feldman and Kravetz offer an emotionally compelling and thought-provoking look at what is possible in the face of adversity. Supersurvivors resets our thinking about how to deal with our own challenges, no matter how big or small.
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