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Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Winner of the 2013 Books for a Better Life Acorda Wellness Award and the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award

Resilience is the ability to face and handle life’s challenges, whether everyday disappointments or extraordinary disasters. While resilience is innate in the brain, over time we learn unhelpful patterns, which then become fixed in our neural circuitry. But science is no
Paperback, 433 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by New World Library (first published March 15th 2013)
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Andy Lambert
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So what is the book about? The intersection of psychology, neuroscience and Buddhist meditative practice.

This a very well-researched and highly technical book. Linda Graham really knows her stuff. If you just read the quotes and the chapter summations at the end of each chapter you would get immense benefit from reading this book.

The exercises featured in many of the chapters are very easy to do and implement as habits in your daily life. There are son many poignant and applicable quotes in this
Jenn "JR"
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: psych-self-help
I picked up this book earlier this year for a business class on change management, and found it so enjoyable that I signed up for a weekend workshop lead by the author. I'm very glad that I did -- she's calm, patient and compassionate and it was well worth the time spent. In the book, she quotes someone who says that we seek out like minded people for making these kinds of changes -- such as through workshops. It was a group of about 20 people and the author lead us through a handful of the 120+ ...more
Mara Vernon
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the most educational, and tangible books I've read about the brain science of resilience and how to build more of it. Bouncing Back is well organized, and provides specific behavioral strategies to build emotional resilience while providing a deep understanding of the importance of building resilience. Bouncing Back also provided context to how our brains develop resilience based on childhood factors helping set the motivation and understanding for the importance of the work.
Lynette Caulkins
This is not a book that you are going to read quickly. Nor is it a book for entertainment. If you or someone you care about struggles with depression, anger, anxiety, ineffectiveness, unresolved childhood anxst - or if you are a therapist of any kind in any field of psychology, the studies and exercises in this book can be extremely helpful, even to the point of turning a life completely around.

So don't let the length and the "heaviness" of the front chapters containing scientific/biological mat
Kumari de Silva
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh. I really wanted to like this book because I am a big fan of Rick Hanson, PhD who wrote the forward. Surely if he recommends this author she's got to be good, right? Uhmmm. . . well - I can see how philosophically they share the same views but this author does not write in the same homey, encouraging, compassionate style. What do I mean? I mean some of the well-meant exercises are poorly envisioned by someone who, possibly, has never had to struggle with building resilience. For example? Tak ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book will be a reference guide xxxviii "the 5 C's of resilient coping: calm...clarity...connection....competence....courage. Contemplative, scientific and practical.
Lucille Zimmerman
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent material. In-depth.
Lots of stories and examples. A lot of it was told from the Buddhist perspective so I skimmed.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
An insightful and practical help for those who need to let go of unhelpful and unhealthy baggage and learn to live in sync with their true selves.
Trunal Vinerkar
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very well researched and highly technical book to understand the magical powers of human brain
Sandra M M.
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this a long time ago. But, I do remember it was very well written, had great illustrative examples and excellent neuroscience research within it.
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book acts more like a manual, or a workbook, than anything else. Overflowing with practical exercises, the majority meditative, to help you increase your resilience, it's best read slowly and deliberately. I appreciated the neuroscience section that would follow each exercise, explaining exactly what is happening in your brain as you go through the exercises. It made them more tangible somehow, and gave me a clear visualization of how the work I was doing was actually working. I also apprec ...more
Tara Brabazon
Apr 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh no. This is the worst of all the resilience books I have been reading. Not an academic - and not a neuroscientist - Linda Graham proceeds to discuss how to align brain pathways with mindfulness.

I think it is the celebration of 'acceptance' I find so disturbing. Believe in the flow. Accept the cards life has dealt you. Calm. Bad stuff happens. Focus on your breathing.

Dear me. Breathing is the least of our worries...
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found a lot of great stuff in this book, though it's dense, lots of exercises, and while it was worth reading end to end to know what's there and grasp the basic theories, it would take you forever to get through it exercise by exercise... but the exercises are there when you want them, and I think it's a book that can be useful and used over time, always revealing something new.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one of those resources I will return to frequently as it has great exercises to build resilience. Best used as a reference and I'm looking forward to sharing the many included activities with my students ( who are adult learners).
Wen Jie Lee
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Interacting with others instill a sense of safety and trust, importance and being loved, competence and mastery that becomes the brain's first templates of resilience and serve as lifelong buffers from stress and tram. Sense of security supports healthy self-development, regulation, confidence and maturing of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which uses conditioning and neutorplasticity to learn resilience.

In the past, we could have had bad ways of coping with resilience which could
Robert Kraljii
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another life-saver.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting. Just not interesting enough.
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