Surviving Survival

Surviving Survival

The Art and Science of Resilience

Book - 2012
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The shark attacked while she was snorkeling, tearing through Micki Glenn's breast and shredding her right arm. Her husband, a surgeon, saved her life on the spot, but when she was safely home she couldn't just go on with her life. She had entered an even more profound survival journey: the aftermath.

The survival experience changes everything because it invalidates all your previous adaptations, and the old rules don't apply. In some cases survivors suffer more in the aftermath than they did during the actual crisis. In all cases, they have to work hard to reinvent themselves. Drawing on gripping cases across a wide range of life-threatening experiences, Laurence Gonzales fashions a compelling argument about fear, courage, and the adaptability of the human spirit. Micki Glenn was later moved to say: "I don't regret that this happened to me. [It] has been . . . probably the single most positive experience I've ever had."
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393083187
Branch Call Number: ANF 155.935 GON
Characteristics: viii, 257 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 06, 2017

I had read his other book on individuals who endured and survived some trying circumstances. With that one so well written I thought I 'ot to check out his newer book and it did not dissappoint. While his last book focused on why some individuals survived extreme circumstances, this book looks into what those individuals endure for the rest of their lives due to trauma. The stories were woven together purposefully and clearly to convey the science and reasoning of individuals coping and living with traumatic life events, whether that is surviving an intense situation, relationship, violence or otherwise.
I'd highly recommend this book if you care to understand how most of the world lives with and deals with trauma in their life. A good read to prepare yourself for life's unexpected events.

Jul 06, 2014

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.

Aug 04, 2013

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

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

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