Licensed marriage and family therapist Claire Nana, LMFT, is passionate about the remarkable concept of posttraumatic growth. Having endured the murder of her father and incarceration of her mother, she learned firsthand how battling adversity head-on forces you to look for joy in unexpected places and uncover strengths you weren’t aware you had. By paying attention to the journey, for better or worse, rather than focusing solely on the finish line, you open yourself to opportunities and discover personal depths you would’ve otherwise missed....Continua
Leverage: the Science of Turning Setbacks into Springboards is all about using setbacks to create winning situations, and while this might not seem like a unique approach, it is more direct than others in its specifics on the process involved and how to hone it.
There's no shortage of adversity and sources of angst, and plenty of books discuss how to overcome and move beyond adversity. The point seems to be, in most of these treatments, that adversity is something to be avoided or confronted. Leverage is somewhat different: it outlines the inherent advantages in adversarial situations, showing how to take struggle and adversity and truly learn from it, and even welcoming these events as opportunities for positive change.
Trauma can lead to profound challenges and, conversely, profound growth opportunities: that's the message in a book that links distress with denial, and denial with suppressed feelings about loss of control and vulnerability and its lasting impact: "For people who avoid vulnerability, the real problem is trust."
What do setbacks take away - and, more importantly, what do they give? In such a scenario a setback is not just an obstacle to be overcome; it's a new challenge to inspire growth and learning - and Leverage is the place to turn for a blend of psychological insights, case histories, and tools and techniques for adjusting attitudes and making a new life from the ashes of the old.
What can be learned from this? That "Setbacks can ignite the desire for connection—to reach out, help others, and give back—all of which helps us heal." As for the 'how to use it' part - that's the point of Leverage, highly recommended for self-help and psychology readers interested in the processes of change....Continua