How to Be a Rubber Band: A Formula for Living Resilience Every Day (Paperback)

A Formula for Living Resilience Every Day

By Erik E. Morales Phd, Tami T. Morales (Illustrator)

In Touch Press, 9780615820491, 228pp.

Publication Date: September 16, 2013



No matter who we are, what we have, or where we are from, sooner or later life provides each of us with at least our fair share of trauma, tragedies, setbacks and curveballs. Like death, taxes, and increasingly wrinkly skin, these challenges will eventually rear their ugly heads- it is inevitable. However, the degree to which we succumb to them, if at all, is to a surprisingly large extent up to us. Minimizing the extent to which misfortune and tragedy eat away at the quality of our lives is equal parts art and science, and the essence of How to be a Rubber Band: A Formula for Living Resilience Every Day. Resulting from thorough analysis of hundreds of individuals who have demonstrated varying degrees of resilience, a widely applicable resilience formula has emerged. This formula can serve as a blueprint, allowing us to build the necessary elasticity into our interactions with stressors, facilitating our ability to stretch and eventually bounce back, while still retaining key elements of who we are deep down inside. Each variable is explored within the context of compelling social science and medical research, and specific suggestions for application provided. The book is for you if you are willing to: - Make successfully responding to stressors, both big and small, part of your daily existence. - Cultivate a degree of competence and confidence in your ability to effectively handle life's inevitable challenges; significantly mitigating fear of failure, unexpected setbacks, and tragedy. - Utilize interactive "Making it Work for You" sections to apply proven tenets of resilience to your unique situations. - Arm yourself with the knowledge, attitudes, and dispositions we all need to survive and thrive in the face of trauma. The book invites the reader to visit the author's website, for additional and complementary material.

About the Author

Dr. Erik E. Morales is a recognized authority on resilience, and Professor/Chair of Education at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. He received his B.S. in English Education and his Ph.D. in Higher Education from New York University, and his M.Ed. in Education Administration from William Paterson University. He has published more than fifteen articles in scholarly journals, as well as three books on resilience: Promoting Academic Resilience in Multicultural America (Peter Lang Press, 2004), A Focus on Hope: Fifty Resilient Students Speak (University Press of America, 2011), and How to be a Rubber Band: A Formula for Living Resilience Every Day (In-Touch Press, 2013). He has done presentations on resilience to high school students, k-12 teachers, university students/faculty, and community agencies throughout the United States and internationally.