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2nd Edition

Developing Resilience
A Cognitive-Behavioural Approach

ISBN 9780415792912
Published July 10, 2017 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

Some individuals emerge from grim experiences stronger in mind and spirit than others who suffered the same ordeal. In this updated and revised edition, Michael Neenan focuses on the meanings we attach to life’s adversities in order to understand how we respond to them. This is why different people can react to the same adverse event in a variety of ways such as fighting back or crumbling. Different meanings of what constitutes resilience are also discussed and the author takes issue with the simplistic view of it as bouncing back from adversity which suggests the absence of struggle and emotional pain as well as underestimating how long the process of self-righting can sometimes take.

Developing Resilience shows how people can find constructive ways of dealing with hard times by using the ideas and techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy as well as drawing on the viewpoints and experiences of other writers presented here. This book provides useful guidance and advice on topics including:

• managing negative emotions in difficult times

• using an assets and liabilities model to understand resilient behaviour

• distinguishing between what’s within and outside of your control

• identifying and changing attitudes that undermine resilience building

• developing self-belief

• increasing your level of frustration tolerance

• maintaining a resilient outlook.

This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in learning more about resilience as well as for mental health professionals, coaches and therapists looking for guidance in helping their clients to cope better with adversity.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi  Preface vii  1 What is resilience?  2 Attitude: the heart of resilience  3 Attitudes that undermine resilience building  4 Making yourself more resilient   5 Strengths underpinning resilience  6 Resilience in the workplace   7 Resilience in relationships   8 Resilience in dealing with difficult people   9 Maintaining resilience10 An overview of resilience   References Index

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Michael Neenan is a former Associate Director of the Centre for Stress Management and Centre for Coaching, Blackheath. He works in private practice as a cognitive behaviour therapist and coach. He is the author (with Windy Dryden) of Life Coaching: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach (2nd edn., 2014).


"The first edition of this book was a landmark publication in presenting a cognitive-behavioural perspective on resilience with Michael Neenan’s characteristic perceptiveness and clarity. The second edition is even better and contains topical new material on stoicism, positive psychology and the use of central personal metaphors. An important update."

Windy Dryden Ph.D, Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies, Goldsmiths University of London