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A pioneering researcher gives us a new understanding of stress and trauma, as well as the tools to heal and thrive.

This groundbreaking book examines the cultural norms that impede resilience in America, especially our collective tendency to disconnect stress from its potentially extreme consequences and override our need to recover. It explains the science of how to direct our attention to perform under stress and recover from trauma.

By directing our attention in particular ways, we can widen the window within which our thinking brain and survival brain work together cooperatively. When we use awareness to regulate our biology this way, we can access our best, uniquely human qualities: our compassion, courage, curiosity, creativity, and connection with others. By building our resilience, we can train ourselves to make wise decisions and access choice - even during times of incredible stress, uncertainty and change.

With stories from men and women Dr Stanley has trained in settings as varied as military bases, healthcare facilities, as well as her own striking experiences with stress and trauma, she gives listeners hands-on strategies they can use themselves, whether they want to perform under pressure or heal from traumatic experience, while at the same time pointing our understanding in a new direction.

Foreword by Bessel Van Der Kolk, best-selling author of The Body Keeps the Score.

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©2019 Elizabeth A. Stanley (P)2019 Penguin Random House Audio

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An eye-opening publication

A great book that dispels myths and de-stigmatises trauma-based mental illnesses, while connecting their impact to emotional and physical disease.

Explains the vast incidence of trauma- and stress-based disease and emotional dis-regulation, demonstrates with simple examples, then moves on to intervention and self-management.

You will come away with changed perspectives on people, yourself and the ways our world works.

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Written with such intent

There was so much about the content of this book which gives hope to a shift of how to work together as communities and heal from trauma. Thank you.

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