When I first ran across “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges,” by Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney, I thought it could be the ultimate book of evidence-based grief coping strategies. Written by a couple of medical doctors, chock full of references to hundreds of scientific papers, what could be better?
In fact, I do have a few criticisms of “Resilience.” I think these failings cause it to be somewhat less than the perfect evidence-based grief coping manual. However, it is still an unusual and very useful book for someone like me who is trying to uncover evidence-based strategies to recover from the suicide death of his only son less than a year ago.
The Science of Resilience
The most striking thing about “Resilience” is the scientific underpinning. The book cites literally hundreds of research papers by psychologists, brain scientists, cognitive researchers and others. This…
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