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Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it's what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it's what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques for enhancing our capacity to weather even the cruelest setbacks. The science in The Resilience Factor takes an extraordinary leap from the research introduced in the bestselling Learned Optimism a decade ago. Just as hundreds of thousands of people were transformed by "flexible optimism," readers of this book will flourish, thanks to their enhanced ability to overcome obstacles of any kind. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté are seasoned resilience coaches and, through practical methods and vivid anecdotes, they prove that resilience is not just an ability that we're born with and need to survive, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive. Readers will first complete the Resilience Questionnaire to determine their own innate levels of resilience. Then, the system at the heart of The Resilience Factor will teach them to: • Cast off harsh self-criticisms and negative self-images • Navigate through the fallout of any kind of crisis • Cope with grief and anxiety • Overcome obstacles in relationships, parenting, or on the job • Achieve greater physical health • Bolster optimism, take chances, and embrace life In light of the unprecedented challenges we've recently faced, there’s never been a greater need to boost our resilience. Without resorting to feel-good pap or quick-fix clichés, The Resilience Factor is self-help at its best, destined to become a classic in the genre. From the Hardcover edition.


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Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it's what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques Resilience is a crucial ingredient–perhaps the crucial ingredient–to a happy, healthy life. More than anything else, it's what determines how high we rise above what threatens to wear us down, from battling an illness, to bolstering a marriage, to carrying on after a national crisis. Everyone needs resilience, and now two expert psychologists share seven proven techniques for enhancing our capacity to weather even the cruelest setbacks. The science in The Resilience Factor takes an extraordinary leap from the research introduced in the bestselling Learned Optimism a decade ago. Just as hundreds of thousands of people were transformed by "flexible optimism," readers of this book will flourish, thanks to their enhanced ability to overcome obstacles of any kind. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatté are seasoned resilience coaches and, through practical methods and vivid anecdotes, they prove that resilience is not just an ability that we're born with and need to survive, but a skill that anyone can learn and improve in order to thrive. Readers will first complete the Resilience Questionnaire to determine their own innate levels of resilience. Then, the system at the heart of The Resilience Factor will teach them to: • Cast off harsh self-criticisms and negative self-images • Navigate through the fallout of any kind of crisis • Cope with grief and anxiety • Overcome obstacles in relationships, parenting, or on the job • Achieve greater physical health • Bolster optimism, take chances, and embrace life In light of the unprecedented challenges we've recently faced, there’s never been a greater need to boost our resilience. Without resorting to feel-good pap or quick-fix clichés, The Resilience Factor is self-help at its best, destined to become a classic in the genre. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life's Hurdles

  1. 5 out of 5

    Camden Hoeffner

    So as a therapist I really try to stay away from self-help books. Most of them are super corny and really (in my opinion) are written by people trying to make a quick buck who don't know much about actually helping people make change in their life. This book was an exception. This book is written by individuals who have years of experience in research and treatment and training to help people change their lives for the better. As such, I found this book to be quite good. Not my normal read, but So as a therapist I really try to stay away from self-help books. Most of them are super corny and really (in my opinion) are written by people trying to make a quick buck who don't know much about actually helping people make change in their life. This book was an exception. This book is written by individuals who have years of experience in research and treatment and training to help people change their lives for the better. As such, I found this book to be quite good. Not my normal read, but still very helpful and gave me a number of ideas to use in my own life and also to potentially help my clients with their own future issues. This book did a fantastic job at explaining even some semi-complex concepts which I think helps people really understand why they are saying what they are saying. Oh, and the examples were fantastic and really helped me grasp what they were trying to tell me with a given skills.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    A dry book in some ways, but filled with useful information. I was already familiar with the cognitive distortions, but it was nice to go over them again. I'm going to try to apply what I've learned here because I am not a very resilient person. A dry book in some ways, but filled with useful information. I was already familiar with the cognitive distortions, but it was nice to go over them again. I'm going to try to apply what I've learned here because I am not a very resilient person.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Glen Templeton

    Could have been boiled down to a pamphlet. I skimmed the beginning, mostly because it didn't hold me interest. I am vet interested in the positive psychology movement, but I suggest you just read the practical applications section of this book. Could have been boiled down to a pamphlet. I skimmed the beginning, mostly because it didn't hold me interest. I am vet interested in the positive psychology movement, but I suggest you just read the practical applications section of this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This book provided some good insight and tips to become more resilient (which are very much needed by yours truly). However, it was so exceedingly dry I couldn't muddle along to the end. DNF. This book provided some good insight and tips to become more resilient (which are very much needed by yours truly). However, it was so exceedingly dry I couldn't muddle along to the end. DNF.

  5. 4 out of 5

    William Schram

    Hypothetically, let’s say you have a problem. It doesn’t really matter how it happened, we all have them to some degree. However, some people seem blessed with the ability to cope with anything that life throws their way. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte have both spent their careers studying the unique quality that these people have tempered in order to survive and thrive. This book is a fascinating one, it covers a topic that is near and dear to many, especially in our crazy, fast-paced modern w Hypothetically, let’s say you have a problem. It doesn’t really matter how it happened, we all have them to some degree. However, some people seem blessed with the ability to cope with anything that life throws their way. Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte have both spent their careers studying the unique quality that these people have tempered in order to survive and thrive. This book is a fascinating one, it covers a topic that is near and dear to many, especially in our crazy, fast-paced modern world. We may be stagnating at work, maybe a relationship with a spouse or significant other is losing its magic, maybe your kids mystify you since they suddenly became different people overnight, or perhaps it is something else that throws you off. This book prepares you for life’s troubles. The Resilience Factor opens with one of many relatable stories with our focus on a guy named Robert. Robert is living the American Dream; he has a fulfilling job, a beautiful wife, and three children. Unfortunately, things have been getting him down recently. His youngest child was diagnosed with ADHD, his middle daughter used to be vivacious and lively but has now become a teenager which makes her sullen and monotone. His eldest child is out until midnight some nights doing who knows what with strangers. His job has become a place where he puts out random fires, and rumor has it that downsizing is in the works. His relationship with his wife is on the rocks since he barely has any time to spend with her. The major content of the book begins with a quiz to quantify your current level of resilience after which it discusses the techniques to increase it. The main idea is to reframe the events that happen to you. There is more to it than that, but I don’t really want to write any more redundant sentences. So all in all, this book was pretty interesting.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Okta Ardiansyah

    my name okta ardiansyah putra, iam from indonesia, now i'am college in university of muhammadiyah malang. this book is very importent to me couse, in this book i take the teory of recilience about aspect of recillience. i tried to looking for this book at many libraries but i cant fine it. please allow me to read this book. my parrent very hope i can finis my collage in november bucouse my dad retired on this month and he want to see me on the graduation day in that month. so please give me oppo my name okta ardiansyah putra, iam from indonesia, now i'am college in university of muhammadiyah malang. this book is very importent to me couse, in this book i take the teory of recilience about aspect of recillience. i tried to looking for this book at many libraries but i cant fine it. please allow me to read this book. my parrent very hope i can finis my collage in november bucouse my dad retired on this month and he want to see me on the graduation day in that month. so please give me opportunity to read this book. thank you so much and i want say, my language is very bad so i ewant to apologize for tou all

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Very practical guide to the thinking traps that make us turn mountains into molehills and build walls between people who really, truly want to get along. I was frankly surprised by my results on the "resiliency quiz" in the beginning of the book, and knowing my own resiliency profile made the suggestions in the rest of the book much more relevant and real. Shares a good deal of theory with "Learned Optimism" by Marty Seligman. Very practical guide to the thinking traps that make us turn mountains into molehills and build walls between people who really, truly want to get along. I was frankly surprised by my results on the "resiliency quiz" in the beginning of the book, and knowing my own resiliency profile made the suggestions in the rest of the book much more relevant and real. Shares a good deal of theory with "Learned Optimism" by Marty Seligman.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J Crossley

    The Resilience Factor looks at seven ways that you can increase your resilience. The authors show ways in which your current thinking can lead to negative emotional spirals. They provide a number of exercises that help to pull you out of those spirals and help you to learn to increase resilience. Rather than come up with general steps for increasing resilience, this book personalizes it by helping you to uncover your own issues.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book was evidence-based, relatively easy to read, practical, and provided relatable examples of the exercises in action. Dr. Reivich and Dr. Shatte are clearly experts in the area of resilience, and have developed a solid, reliable framework and toolkit for cultivating our own. Recommend for anyone struggling to challenge their limiting beliefs, with patterns of destructive or unhelpful behavior they’d like to change, or more broadly struggling to cope.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a reread for me; I first read it in college in a seminar with the authors when it first came out. At that time it seemed very applicable to my life, having just lived through the aftermath of 9/11 and a major depressive episode. The context was a bit different for me this time, but I still found it a valuable read and a good reminder of some of the very useful skills I’ve been practicing since.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meadow Johnson

    This is a self-described self-help book, so I shouldn’t be critical of that format... The information was great. I particularly liked the part about ‘iceberg beliefs.’ I’ve thought about those a lot over the past few weeks as I analyze my interactions and responses. In general, I prefer books that talk about methods and the science behind them. But, this was a good resource nonetheless.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Bollinger

    Read this for class. Wasn’t my favorite.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Val Teglia

    Good information and useful application. Be ready to do some work to apply the concepts!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Did a 5 week positive psychology group using this book. It had very clear charts and eye opening revelations.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Smith

    Very useful and insightful. Not very easy to read. Could have used more tables, figures, summaries, bullet points, cartoons etc. to make it less dry

  16. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad Usmany

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. i have to read this book because i need solution for my life

  17. 5 out of 5

    Justin Steckbauer

    This was a really fascinating book about leadership and wisdom in living.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy C.

    This book was incredible! It offered loads of tips and tools that can be applied practically to our lives to challenge our underlying beliefs and bolster our resilience.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Umi Sholehah

    How can I read this book?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This was required reading for a class I'm taking. Lots of good info. Very dry presentation - perfect for a textbook reading requirement. This was required reading for a class I'm taking. Lots of good info. Very dry presentation - perfect for a textbook reading requirement.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Camille Baird

    good beginning - kind of lost me towards the end

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Buchheit

    Some good insights and ideas, but the book seems judgmental in places, the psychology is a bit out of date, and it seems to spend a lot of time justifying itself.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Rahmawati

    i do my thesis with this book

  24. 4 out of 5

    Harry Brake

    In for the long haul, I started this book back in March - so returned to it off and on for over 8 momths (testing the aspects of Resilience!) In the beginning, the aspects of methods and strategies to really, I mean REALLY, outline the beliefs you have, then take a look to see if they are accurate, those that might be a little skewed, and be realistic enough to be applied to real life - it seems like "Who takes the time to do this?" YET Doing so calms not only that urge to jump on a gut reaction In for the long haul, I started this book back in March - so returned to it off and on for over 8 momths (testing the aspects of Resilience!) In the beginning, the aspects of methods and strategies to really, I mean REALLY, outline the beliefs you have, then take a look to see if they are accurate, those that might be a little skewed, and be realistic enough to be applied to real life - it seems like "Who takes the time to do this?" YET Doing so calms not only that urge to jump on a gut reaction - but to also misjudge, misremark, and mis notice an individual for what they believe in. All of these are vital to being a better communicator as well as improving the outlook of life an individual has. These steps seem tedious only for the fact that usually most people do not take the TIME to slow down and really analyze how they are seeing someone else. The second half of the book does a REMARKABLE job of jelling this information into real life applications at work, in relationships, with children, disappointments, and issues of loss. I was stuck in the airpoty for many hours and a flight that was really was overly long, and I ussually do not investigate self - help books, but without the ideas, open minded strategies, as well as uplifiting and practical advice to improve how I iperated at work and in my own life - I would definitely be the worse. This was given to my by a very special friend who always was at my side to help with conflicts as I found myself at a loss to deal with them positiviely, but this text allows you to empower yourself and do the exact same. Ecellent tool and resource to improve your perspective when often, stress and negativity can find their way in so often!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elwin Kline

    I took the Master Resiliency Course (MRT) through the Army and really enjoyed it. It provided me a new way to view situations and a systematic approach to deal with really valuable skills such as Goal Setting, Putting things into Perspective (PIIP), and learning techniques to mitigate thought processes like catastrophizing, downward spiral, and scatter shot (all of these are described in depth in the book and within MRT). Additionally, I was afforded the opportunity by my Commander/First Sergean I took the Master Resiliency Course (MRT) through the Army and really enjoyed it. It provided me a new way to view situations and a systematic approach to deal with really valuable skills such as Goal Setting, Putting things into Perspective (PIIP), and learning techniques to mitigate thought processes like catastrophizing, downward spiral, and scatter shot (all of these are described in depth in the book and within MRT). Additionally, I was afforded the opportunity by my Commander/First Sergeant to host weekly MRT sessions of 1 hour in length. This was an incredibly positive experience and my unit cohesion was significantly enhanced and the program I ran received a lot of positive feedback. I know folks who may have served had plenty of MRT jokes, but I was able to make an effective program and teach my Soldiers there is more to MRT than just "hunt the good stuff." So I wanted to see where it (MRT) all came from, and that is why I picked up this book. It's a great self-improvement/self-awareness book that you can use in relationships, with your children, friends, etc. I think the main reason why I gave it 3 stars instead of 4, was because the way the MRT program taught all the principles and main points of this book was just so much more effective. Being in a live classroom environment, working in small groups, and then the even greater reward of helping Soldiers in their day to day lives, just didn't compare to the book. If you are looking for a good "self-help book", I would definitely recommend this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    One of the key skills and traits often missing from people who suffer from depression and anxiety-related disorders is resilience. I didn't realize how adverse an effect it can have on a person to not have resilience, which ties in to not having enough self-esteem, self-confidence and a general sense of feeling good about oneself. People who lack resilience and are pessimists often don't do as well in school or at the workplace, have a negative outlook on life and can sometimes bring about self- One of the key skills and traits often missing from people who suffer from depression and anxiety-related disorders is resilience. I didn't realize how adverse an effect it can have on a person to not have resilience, which ties in to not having enough self-esteem, self-confidence and a general sense of feeling good about oneself. People who lack resilience and are pessimists often don't do as well in school or at the workplace, have a negative outlook on life and can sometimes bring about self-fulfilling prophecies that cause them to encounter more failure, and not only does their emotional health suffer but also their physical health does, too. Apart from giving people the seven key exercises they will need to develop resilience and to help get through specific tough situations whether they're in relationships, at work, etc, this book challenges many assumptions that we've heard over the years from self-proclaimed self-help gurus (too many to name here). These authors have done their homework, and it shows. They use empirical evidence to support their points, but far from reading like a psychology textbook, the writing is accessible and easy to understand, so in other words, this isn't yet another self-help book that tries to give readers a vocabulary lesson. If you yourself suffer from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety or know anyone else who does, this book is an invaluable resource that contains a lot of helpful information.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    How does one respond to adversity? The Resilience Factor brings a practical approach to how to better our lives by changing our self-destructive thinking and beliefs into a constructive response. Revich and Shatte discuss the basics of resilience, seven skills, and applying these skills to various domains of life. The Resilience Quotient test measures your resilience across various aspects, and gives a sense of areas of strength and improvement. The seven skills provide the most practical steps a How does one respond to adversity? The Resilience Factor brings a practical approach to how to better our lives by changing our self-destructive thinking and beliefs into a constructive response. Revich and Shatte discuss the basics of resilience, seven skills, and applying these skills to various domains of life. The Resilience Quotient test measures your resilience across various aspects, and gives a sense of areas of strength and improvement. The seven skills provide the most practical steps and excercises needed to master them. Learning your ABCs shows you how to identify events in a more objective and rational way. Avoiding thinking traps brings more self-awareness to real time destructive thoughts. Detecting icebergs examines underlying beliefs shaping our maladaptive thoughts and how to uncover them. Challenging beliefs discusses explanatory styles and how to change them. Putting in perspective has one chart possible worst and best case outcomes to find the most likely outcome. The first fast skill, calming and focusing introduces relaxation and cognitive exercises. Finally real-time resilience gives a shortcut version of the previous skills to apply in the moments of adversity. I enjoyed the presentation and organization of this book to present cognitive behavioral therapy in a accessible way. It wasn't the most engaging read, but the content and skills are worth taking away.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I'm cheating a little bit here--I haven't finished this book, but I'm decluttering my reading list. However, what I DID read of it was fantastic (I'm about halfway through) and really made me look at the people in my life, who's resilient, who's not and why that may be (and how I could improve my own resilience). Being resilient allows you to navigate the choppy waters more deftly and not immediately react to the stresses that happen in all our lives. I thought it was practical, easy to read and I'm cheating a little bit here--I haven't finished this book, but I'm decluttering my reading list. However, what I DID read of it was fantastic (I'm about halfway through) and really made me look at the people in my life, who's resilient, who's not and why that may be (and how I could improve my own resilience). Being resilient allows you to navigate the choppy waters more deftly and not immediately react to the stresses that happen in all our lives. I thought it was practical, easy to read and interesting. I plan to finish it...eventually!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This book is a bit dated, and much of the advice is geared toward people working in corporate environments that don't really even exist anymore. I generally don't find most self help books and worksheets and canned exercises to be helpful to me; however, I was able to glean a few pieces of advice and get some perspective that I didn't have before. If anything, it made me think more deeply about the concept of resilience and the core beliefs that resilient people share. So, I took from it what wa This book is a bit dated, and much of the advice is geared toward people working in corporate environments that don't really even exist anymore. I generally don't find most self help books and worksheets and canned exercises to be helpful to me; however, I was able to glean a few pieces of advice and get some perspective that I didn't have before. If anything, it made me think more deeply about the concept of resilience and the core beliefs that resilient people share. So, I took from it what was helpful to me. It's worth a read if resilience is something you struggle with.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    The book started out really well. As it progressed though it became several pages of Cognitive Behavior Therapy exercises. It got a little clunky, same thing over and over again. I am sure that was the point so that people would USE the book, not just read the book. I just found it to be CBT re-written and I was looking for information specifically on resiliency not CBT. But the first few chapters on resiliency are excellent.

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