Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free from the Past

Boris Cyrulnik, David Macey (trs.)

Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free from the Past

Many of us experience pain in our childhoods, and young people face trauma all over the world. How is it possible to recover? Do those abused always go on to hurt others? This book aims to overturn the way we view trauma, by showing how the extraordinary power of resilience can heal damaged lives. Psychoanalyst Boris Cyrulnik has dealt with many young victims of distress and he relates stories of children who have been abused, orphaned, fought in wars and escaped genocide, yet who have not only survived, but grown in the face of adversity. By the way we deal with our memories and emotions, he shows, we can reshape our lives and transform pain into something stronger – just as a grain of sand in an oyster becomes a pearl. Resilience is not just about resisting; it is about learning to live. 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Resilience: How Your Inner Strength Can Set You Free from the Past

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Psychology & Psychiatry
Format Paperback
Pages 320
RRP £9.99
Date of Publication April 2009
ISBN 978-0141036151
Publisher Penguin
 

Many of us experience pain in our childhoods, and young people face trauma all over the world. How is it possible to recover? Do those abused always go on to hurt others? This book aims to overturn the way we view trauma, by showing how the extraordinary power of resilience can heal damaged lives. Psychoanalyst Boris Cyrulnik has dealt with many young victims of distress and he relates stories of children who have been abused, orphaned, fought in wars and escaped genocide, yet who have not only survived, but grown in the face of adversity. By the way we deal with our memories and emotions, he shows, we can reshape our lives and transform pain into something stronger – just as a grain of sand in an oyster becomes a pearl. Resilience is not just about resisting; it is about learning to live.

Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Aminatta Forna

For too long, he argues, the caring professions – and consequently society – have subscribed to a kind of psychological determinism in predicting outcome for traumatised children: trauma equals suffering equals damage... In fact child victims of trauma actually show remarkable resilience... The greatest block to the children’s future development, Cyrulnik argues, was the social discourse which condemned them... Cyrulnik has put into words what many survivors feel.

21/05/2009

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The Financial Times

Isabel Berwick

This book is aimed at adults who carry scars of unhappy childhoods or who care for children who do. It’s not an easy book to read. There’s a lot of technical, abstruse language. But it offers startling insights into the inner lives of “survivors” – those who have been damaged by poor or abusive parenting, serious illness or other disasters.

09/05/2009

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