The Gift of Adversity

The Gift of Adversity

The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections

Book - 2013
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Running counter to society's current prevailing message that things should always run smoothly--or, at least, appear to--and that failure or mistakes of any sort are to be avoided at all costs, The Gift of Adversity shows that such setbacks are inevitable. Indeed, engaging with our own failures and defeats is one of the only ways we are able to live authentic and meaningful lives. The book illuminates how each different type of setback carries its own challenges and has the potential to yield its own form of wisdom. Using stories from his own life--including his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa, his years after suffering a violent attack from a stranger, and his career as a psychiatrist--as well as case studies and discussions with well-known figures such as Viktor Frankl and David Lynch, Rosenthal reveals that true innovation, emotional resilience, wisdom, and dignity can only come from confronting and understanding the adversity we have experienced.
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2013]
ISBN: 9780399168857
Branch Call Number: 155.24 ROSENTHA
Characteristics: xv, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 11, 2014

I agree completely with the critical review by the NY Journal of Books above, except for one thing. That reviewer refers to the author's use of nostrums, whereas I would simply call them platitudes. I grew very weary of the platitudes at the beginning of each chapter, platitudes that were not even particularly well used to develop the theme of each chapter, and despite trying to plough through to the end of the book, it was increasingly apparent that it would be same-old same-old, and not worth bothering to finish.


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