Monthly Archives: January 2012

For Those Who Have to Struggle With Distress Just to Reach a “Normal” Life.

Someone wrote to us and asked, “what about those of us who have to struggle just to live a normal life?” Recently, Debbie and I discussed this question at length. Have we given the impression that we are only addressing … Continue reading

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Does Our DNA Have Final Say Over Our Reactions to Stress?

When people ask whether resilience is genetic, I tend to suspect they are asking whether they can reasonably hope to improve how they act to stress. I worry that they will give up without a fight because they believe they … Continue reading

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From Negative Thinking and Self-Criticism to Positive Thinking and Self-Compassion

In this post we provide some guidance on how to deal with your inner critic. Being self-critical rather than being compassionate toward yourself is the second greatest component of resilience. Yet most people suffer from the persistent though often questionable … Continue reading

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