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Bounce: Living the Resilient Life Hardcover – Sep 28 2009
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"Bounce treats us to 'Have a Life!'and live it more fully. Wicks helps us to develop hardiness, learn to debrief ourselves after a hard day, and create a personal self-care program we will actually follow. Insightful, practical, and often humorous, Bounce is the right tonic for the spirit that we need in today's stressful world." --Sister Helen Prejean, author of 'Dead Man Walking'
About the Author
Dr. Robert Wicks received his doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. Presently, he is a professor at Loyola University Maryland. In 1994, he was responsible for the psychological debriefing of relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their bloody civil war. In 2006, he delivered a presentation on self-care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and Walter Reed Army Hospital to health care professionals responsible for Iraqi war veterans with multiple amputations and severe head injuries. Dr. Wicks is author of numerous books including The Resilient Clinician (OUP, 2008), Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice (OUP, 2006), and the acclaimed best seller, Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times (Sorin Books, 2003). He lives with his wife Michaele in Ellicott City, Maryland.
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In "Bounce," Wicks boils down his wisdom on springing back from stress into 200 very well-organized pages. Depending on where you find yourself in the spiral of stress, you may wind up dwelling more on one chapter than another. Wherever you turn in this book, though, Wicks offers helpful inventories to assess your own situation and tools to begin grappling with your daily challenges.
I like his eclectic approach to explaining these general principles. You'll find references here to psychologist Carl Jung and folk singer Joan Baez, to the Catholic monk Thomas Merton and the Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
This is a great gift idea for someone you care about--especially if that someone is you.
The book is filled with lists and self-diagnostic tools which, if one takes the time and effort to reflectively work through, provide extensive insight into one's situation, needs, and strengths. Included are two appendices which also provide one with an in-depth self-analysis. An extensive bibliography provides fertile material for further study and resources.
I found the discussion of "vicarious PTSD" particularly helpful, as well as the characterization of PTSD as a situation where normal crisis-coping mechanisms have become "stuck" beyond normal time frames. Most importantly, the book emphasizes that in the helping professions it is normal for people to experience vicarious stress and that it is important and healthful not to deny these effects but to consciously accept their existence and work through them in a preventative way, before a pathological internal state (such as depression) develops.
This book is a particularly good resource for clinicians, doctors, clergy, emergency services, or other professionals whose work entails a continuous contact with stressful, negative situations or individuals.
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