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Surviving Survival

The Art and Science of Resilience

Laurence Gonzales


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You have survived the crisis—trauma, disease, accident, or war—now how do you get your life back?

A traumatic or near-death experience can change every aspect of the survivor’s being. It can erase the body’s learned adaptations, and in some cases, those who live through such a shock suffer more in the aftermath than they did during the actual crisis. In all cases, they must work hard to reinvent themselves. Combining harrowing tales of survival with lucid explanations of the science behind the body’s reactions to trauma, Surviving Survival offers a valuable and “intriguing argument about the adaptability of the human spirit” (National Geographic Traveler).

Praise For Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience

Gonzales reveals how recovery can be a transforming experience that not only moves us forward but also enriches our lives in ways we never could have imagined.
— More Magazine

Excellent…An education for those wishing to be of use in a stressful, often frightening world.
— Kirkus Reviews

Timely, realistic, and accessible self-help book on the potential of growth from suffering. Recommended.
— Library Journal

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393346633, 272pp.

Publication Date: October 14, 2013

About the Author

Laurence Gonzales is the author of Surviving Survival, Flight 232, and the bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He has won two National Magazine Awards and is a scholar at the Sante Fe Institute. He divides his time between Evanston, Illinois, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.