Finally, a book that explains why self-help mostly fails, and what really works. The entire self-improvement industry puts the responsibility for change on us as individuals, producing few if any long-term changes in our health or happiness. In this mind-bending look at what the science of resilience teaches us about success, Dr. Michael Ungar shows that individual growth depends very little on what we think, feel, or behave. Delving into the latest research, he demonstrates that the ethic of rugged individualism and the victim-blaming politics that come with it are red herrings in the science of success. He argues that when things get tough and the odds are stacked against us, self-improvement only goes so far. Ungar explores real lives, across age and culture, and discovers that the answers lie in the people and the support systems around us.
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With clinical expertise, Change Your World opines on the failure of self-help methods that focus on individual motivation and calls for fostering resilience instead. A better approach, the book says, lies in helping people cultivate resilience. A list of twelve attributes to develop is provided, and they are sensible, achievable goals, like forming strong friendships and taking on responsibilities. An implied slant toward general readers is lost amid academic discussions of genetics, obesity research, and comparative studies of various psychotherapies that suggest an audience of fellow clinicians or use as a college text book. The tone changes again in later chapters, with the introduction of think pieces on sociological topics like social justice, corporate structure, and government institutions. The theme of individual resilience fades from view, and the book becomes more proclamative than prescriptive.
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How much do grit and positive thinking matter when the world around you is starved of support and opportunity? Finally, a book that explains why self-help gurus and motivational speakers mostly fail to deliver, and what really produces results. The entire self-improvement industry puts the responsibility for change on us as individuals, producing few if any long-term changes in our health or happiness. In this mind-bending look at what the science of resilience teaches us about success, Dr. Michael Ungar shows that individual growth depends very little on what we think, feel, or behave.