What is it in people that enables them to survive tragedy, to even find strength and grace in response to it? It is resilience, a trait that all humans possess but that only some people actively use. It is the trait found in some poor, neglected, or abused children that allows them to grow into happy, well-adjusted adolescents and adults despite the challenges of their youth. The author, director of an international team that studied such qualities in people from 22 countries, found that there is a consistent set of factors present in people who bounce back from disaster and even thrive in spite of it. Using a step-by-step format peppered with anecdotes, the author shows readers how to cultivate their inner strength to make resilience a resource of their own psyche.
This useful research-based book integrates the role of risk into resilient behaviour. This book tells you how resilience skill can be developed and nurtured and helps in overcoming the adversities of life. It takes readers step-by-step through discovering and developing their capacities for resilience. It will help you to: build on your present strengths; strengthen your present weaknesses; re-examine previous experiences of adversity; prepare for coming experiences of adversity; apply resilience in a variety of settings.
Edith Henderson Grotberg is senior scientist and managing editor of Dialogue: Insights into Human Emotions for Creative Professionals.
"If a tonic for our times could be bottled, its label would read Resilience. Dr. Grotberg takes readers step-by-step through discovering and developing their capacities for resilience. Tapping Your Inner Strength is a must-read...I can't think of anyone who couldn't benefit from this book." - Kay Greene
"In Tapping Your Inner Strength, Dr. Edith Grotberg's exploration and explanation of resilience as a coping mechanism is brilliantly illuminated by sparkling language and thought...you have to read it. It's as simple as that." - Leonard B. Stern