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Surviving Survival : The Art and Science of Resilience
by Laurence Gonzales

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780393083187
  • ISBN-10: 0393083187
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: September 2012
  • Page Count: 272


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Books > Psychology > Psychopathology - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-06-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gonzales (Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why), a National Magazine Award–winning journalist, tackles a difficult narrative: the near-deadly encounter and the life that must be lived afterward. The people whose stories he presents have endured trials ranging from entrapment in the jaws of a ferocious crocodile to the threat from an abusive husband. Gonzales follows these traumas into their aftermath, where the mind continues, often torturously, to repeat the incident. Gonzales, trying in part to identify common factors of postsurvival success, finds that often it is one’s ability to act (go back to school, learn to play golf, motorcycle cross-country), but it is also, he suggests, the brain’s wiring that makes it easier for some than for others to adapt. As in Deep Survival, Gonzales intersperses journalistic case studies with information about the brain and its responses to trauma. Such juxtapositions at times seem contrived and at odds with the emotionally charged experiences the author aims to convey. In fact, what emerges from all of the stories is that surviving survival cannot be reduced to a science or even a narrative. But for this reason the book will likely be useful for those with resonating experiences: the cases provide multidisciplinary evidence that nobody struggles in isolation. Agent: Gail Hochman. (Sept.)

 
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