The Psychology of Personal Growth Through Adversity
The Power of Suffering: Growing through life crises
Every cloud has a silver lining, there’s light at the end of the tunnel, it’s always darkest before the dawn, are all part of our everyday vocabulary and sayings often drawn on to help people through times of personal adversity, though of little comfort at the time. Psychologist, David Roland has studied eleven individual real-life stories of love and loss, tragedy and despair, and looked at how people can develop and growth from even the most tragic circumstances.
is psychologist David Roland’s personal investigation into the nature of human suffering. When our world is turned upside-down, what does it do to us, how do we survive it, and most importantly, how can we grow as a result? David takes the lived experience of 11 incredible people and follows them along each step of their journey from crisis through to acceptance and triumph. Within each story, David draws on his own experience of life-altering trauma and clinical research to offer insights we all can gain from.
Each life story examined is a moving testimony of the human spirit’s ability to rise and rise again – an executive tragically loses his family in a car crash and finds healing in the rehabilitation of wildlife, a teenage victim of domestic violence becomes a fierce advocate for abused women and brain-injured youth, a football superstar overcomes bigotry and dyslexia to forge a career in acting, a mother experiences the aching depth of love lost after her teenage child’s life is tragically cut short. These are but a few of the intimately told stories, all pointing to a path through the storm and beyond.
Published by Simon & Shuster, the book is available in paperback, audio, and eBook.