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    Apr 28, 2015
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    5.3" x 8"
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The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success

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About the Book

We all face setbacks, losses, and adversity in life. More than four billion of us will even survive a trauma. Most will eventually bounce back. But some people do more: they bounce forward. These are the supersurvivors—people who not only rebuild their lives but grow in ways never previously imagined. Beginning where resilience ends, David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz look beyond traditional psychology for a deeper understanding of the strength of the human spirit. What they find flies in the face of conventional wisdom—that positive thinking may hinder more than help; that perceived support can be just as good as the real thing; and that realistic expectations may be a key to great success.

Weaving stories of extraordinary people with the latest scientific findings, Feldman and Kravetz offer an emotionally compelling and thought-provoking look at what is possible in the face of adversity. Supersurvivors resets our thinking about how to deal with our own challenges, no matter how big or small.

About the Authors

David B. Feldman

David B. Feldman, PhD, is among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. An associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, he has written for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post, published research in top scientific journals, and lectured around the world. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lee Daniel Kravetz

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Lee Daniel Kravetz has a master's degree in counseling psychology and is a graduate of the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Journalism. He has written for Psychology Today, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times, among other publications. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.


“This summer’s Big Idea book!” —Bloomberg Businessweek

“Just surviving suffering is a form of success. But these people have done more than survive, and their stories are worth your time. One day you may need what they have.” —Linda Ellerbee, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Journalist, TV Producer, and New York Times best-selling author

“Supersurvivors dares to ask, ‘How, really, do we heal?’ From real case studies and hard science, the answers it finds shake the foundations of the way we conceive recovery.” —Po Bronson, New York Times bestselling author of NurtureShock

“This is a blockbuster that every leader, parent, doctor, teacher, student, coach, and caregiver needs to read. I can’t remember the last time I was so fascinated and moved by a book-let alone one grounded in science.” —Adam Grant, Professor at the Wharton School of Business, and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

“A charming and thoughtful mix of scientific thought and anecdotal evidence.” —Mindful Magazine

“If you read Feldman and Kravetz, you will come away inspired and more attuned to the factors that influence resilience?including religious faith, the ability to forgive, and awareness of mortality.” —Harvard Business Review

“Supersurvivors is a brilliant rethinking of the consequences of trauma. This book will change the meaning we give to survival, both for individuals and for our culture as a whole.” —Ethan Watters, Author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche

“Turns out surviving the most dangerous situations has some good lessons we can use to learn how to be resilient in everyday life.” —Time magazine online

“It’s rare to find a book that appeals so well to both the head and the heart. Marrying eye-opening stories with thought-provoking science, Feldman and Kravetz open a powerful window into a world of forgiveness and hope.” —Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., author of Forgive for Good and Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project

“Hope for the endurance of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. Artfully described . . . intensely powerful . . . riving . . . uplifting!” Kirkus Reviews

“Supersurvivors is a book you should uncover.” —Houston Style Magazine Online

“Supersurvivors might well be a how-to manual on taking adversity and turning it into an advantage. As I read it, I kept thinking: I wish I’d had this book ten years ago!” —Aron Ralston, survivor, speaker, author, and subject of the film 127 Hours

“An inspirational read that’s rooted in hard science.” —People

“Fascinating. . . . ultimately, we discover our ability to deal with unforeseen challenges and realize the remarkable potential of the human spirit.” —Diane Dreher, Ph.D., Psychology Today

Supersurvivors provides the contemporary science about the biology of hope that is vital for all of us-all of us-as we daily confront challenge big and small, real and imagined.” —Walter M. Bortz, II M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Stanford University, and author of The Roadmap to 100

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