Eighty percent of
Americans suffer trauma in their lifetimes, and many are able to survive
and overcome its effects. Then there are those, who, in the aftermath
of great tragedy and turmoil, accomplish extraordinary feats. They break
records, win awards, and meet the seemingly unattainable goals they set
for themselves. These are the supersurvivors: the individuals who not
only rebuild their lives, but thrive and grow in ways never previously
A cancer-ridden Olympic Gold Medalist, a blind man who rowed across the Atlantic, and an amputee stuntman are among the extraordinary stories that open the door to understanding the surprising and counterintuitive aspects of accomplishment. Renowned psychologists and popular writers, David Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz, interview dozens of men and women who have a “miracle” story, and uncover how they were able to achieve greatness in the wake of their traumas. Their findings are startling-- the conventionally held belief that optimism alone has the potential to heal is simply untrue.
In stark contrast of blind optimism, it is by allowing the stress of trauma to exact an emotional toll that leads the way to healing. Drawing from scientific findings and their experience as clinical psychologists, the authors weave the narratives of these supersurvivors to elucidate what is common among them-- they all had a realistic approach to their challenges. Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success ($25.99) is sure to reset our thinking about how we deal with all our challenges, no matter how big or small.
Lee Daniel Kravetz received a master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2013, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the Columbia School of Journalism. Kravetz has written for print and television. At the age of 29, he survived a battle with cancer, and found himself confronted with a seemingly endless series of physical and emotional hurdles. The experience called into relief his personal values and choices, and he changed the course of his life to study clinical counseling with a focus on positive psychology. Kravetz lectures at the San Francisco Writers Grotto and is a founder of the LitCamp Writers Conference.
David B. Feldman, PhD, is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. An associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a medical center associated with Stanford University. Dr. Feldman is the author of two previous books, has written for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, and has published numerous research articles.
The key to how ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things after traumatic upheaval