The Undefeated Mind: by Alex Lickerman
Author: Alex Lickerman
|Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength. |
It doesn't just happen automatically, and it takes practice. New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop. To build strength out of adversity, we need a catalyst. What we need, according to Dr. Alex Lickerman, is wisdom—wisdom that adversity has the potential to teach us.
Lickerman's underlying premise is that our ability to control what happens to us in life may be limited, but we have the ability to establish a life-state to surmount the suffering life brings us. The Undefeated Mind distills the wisdom we need to create true resilience into nine core principles, including:
--A new definition of victory and its relevance to happiness
--The concept of the changing of poison into medicine
--A way to view prayer as a vow we make to ourselves.
--A method of setting expectations that enhances our ability to endure disappointment and minimizes the likelihood of quitting
--An approach to taking personal responsibility and moral action that enhances resilience
--A process to managing pain—both physical and emotional—that enables us to push through obstacles that might otherwise prevent us from attaining out goals
--A method of leveraging our relationships with others that helps us manifest our strongest selves
Through stories of patients who have used these principles to overcome suffering caused by unemployment, unwanted weight gain, addiction, rejection, chronic pain, retirement, illness, loss, and even death, Dr. Lickerman shows how we too can make these principles function within our own lives, enabling us to develop for ourselves the resilience we need to achieve indestructible happiness. At its core, The Undefeated Mind urges us to stop hoping for easy lives and focus instead on cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have.
Features: Price on Product, Bibliography, Index, Table of Contents
Physical Info: 1.0" H x 8.4" L x 5.5" W (0.6 lbs) 278 pages
Carton Quantity: 27
ISBN: 0757316425 EAN: 9780757316425
Publisher: Health Communications
US SRP: 15.95 US
Pub Date: November 06, 2012
Alex Lickerman, M.D. is a primary care physician, Assistant Vice President for Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Chicago, and a practicing Nichiren Buddhist. Eastern philosophy meets Western science in a harmonious blend within Dr. Lickerman's mind and heart, where an expert knowledge of the most up-to-date scientific studies resides peacefully (for the most part) next to the accumulated wisdom of 2,500 years of Buddhist thinking.
Dr. Lickerman's considerable speaking experience includes presentations given at medical conferences throughout his career, including a talk to an audience of over 3,000 at a Pri-Med Conference put on jointly by the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. He has also had extensive experience treating the sickest of the sick at the University of Chicago in the most compassionate manner possible as well as teaching medical trainees to do the same.
In addition to writing a regular blog, Happiness in This World, Dr. Lickerman has been quoted in Crain's Chicago Business, AOL Health, Playboy, the Chicago Tribune, and TIME, and has written articles for Psychology Today and Medicine on the Midway. He wrote a television pilot called Sessions that was optioned by DreamWorks Television as well as several movie screenplays, including an adaptation of Milton's Paradise Lost.
Dr. Lickerman's undergraduate and medical degrees are from the University of Chicago. He is currently developing a program at the University of Chicago designed to increase resilience in students based on the principles he describes in The Undefeated Mind. For more information, please visit www.alexlickerman.com.
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