The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self


The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self Author Alex Lickerman MD
ISBN-10 0757316425
ISBN-13 9780757316425
Year 2012-11-06
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher HCI
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Legions of self help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective hardiness Though that which doesn t kill us can make us stronger as Nietzsche tells us few authors today offer any insight into just howto springboard from adversity to strength It doesn t just happen automatically and it takes practice New scientific researchsuggests thatresilience isn t something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born but rather something we can all take specific action to develop To build strength out of adversity we need a catalyst What we need according toDr Alex Lickerman is wisdomwisdom that adversity has the potential to teach us Lickerman s underlying premise is that our ability to control what happens to us in life may be limited but we have the ability to establish a life state to surmount the suffering life brings us The Undefeated Mind distills the wisdom we need to create true resilience into nine core principles including A new definition of victory and its relevance to happiness The concept of the changing of poison into medicine A way to view prayer as a vow we make to ourselves A method of setting expectations that enhances our ability to endure disappointment and minimizes the likelihood of quitting An approach to taking personal responsibility and moral action that enhances resilience Aprocess to managing painboth physical and emotionalthat enables us to push through obstacles that might otherwise prevent us from attaining out goals A method of leveraging our relationships with others that helps us manifest our strongest selves Through stories of patients who have used these principles to overcome suffering caused by unemployment unwanted weight gain addiction rejection chronic pain retirement illness loss and even death Dr Lickerman shows how we too can make these principles function within our own lives enabling us to develop for ourselves the resilience we need to achieve indestructible happiness At its core The Undefeated Mindurges us to stop hoping for easy lives and focus instead on cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have

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