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Developing Resilience

A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach

By Michael Neenan

© 2009 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Some individuals emerge from grim experiences stronger in mind and spirit than others who suffered the same fate. In this book, Michael Neenan suggests that it is the meanings that we attach to events, and not the events themselves, that determine our reactions to them; this is why different people can react to the same event in a variety of ways.

Developing Resilience shows how people can find constructive ways of dealing with their difficulties by using the techniques of cognitive behaviour therapy as well as listening to the wisdom of those who have prevailed over adversity. This book provides useful guidance and advice on topics including:

  • managing negative emotions
  • distinguishing between what is within and outside of your control
  • learning from past experiences
  • developing self-belief
  • increasing your level of frustration tolerance
  • maintaining a resilient outlook.

This book will be essential for anyone trying to find constructive ways forward in difficult times, as well as counsellors, coaches and therapists looking for guidance in helping their clients.


'In this scholarly, yet practical book, Michael Neenan shows how you can develop skills for managing life challenges in a way that strengthens and empowers you. For anyone who wants to find inner strength in the face of adversity, this book is for you.' - Professor Alan Carr, Director of Clinical Psychology Training, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Table of Contents

Preface. What is Resilience? Attitude: The Heart of Resilience. Attitudes That Undermine Resilience Building. Developing Resilience. Strengths Underpinning Resilience. Resilience in the Workplace. Resilience in Relationships. Resilience in Dealing with Difficult People. Maintaining Resilience. An Overview of Resilience.

About the Author

Michael Neenan is Associate Director of the Centre for Stress Management, Kent, an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and author (with Windy Dryden) of Life Coaching: A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General


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