Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 10, 2012 - Psychology - 257 pages
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You have survived the crisis—trauma, disease, accident, or war—now how do you get your life back?

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.”
 

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A brilliant book, filled with both the harrowing stories of survival and the long neglected aftermath, chocked with neuroscience and strategies to both understand and cope with the trauma that life ... Read full review

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A brilliant book, filled with both the harrowing stories of survival and the long neglected aftermath, chocked with neuroscience and strategies to both understand and cope with the trauma that life ... Read full review

Contents

No Way Home
1
A Survivors
50
Blindsight
66
SIX Want It Need It Have
87
One Flew East One Flew West
161
The Long Way Home
176
FIFTEEN The Rules of Life
210
Authors Note
223
References
235
Acknowledgments
243
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Laurence Gonzales is the author of Surviving Survival, Flight 232 and the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He has won two National Magazine Awards and is a scholar at the Sante Fe Institute. He divides his time between Evanston, Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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