Reading: Supersurvivors

Monday, September 29 @ 7PM

David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz
SUPERSURVIVORS: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success

tarting where resiliency studies leave off, two psychologists explore the science of remarkable accomplishment in the wake of trauma, revealing the surprising principles that allow people to transform their lives and achieve extraordinary things.

Over four billion people worldwide will survive a trauma during their lives. Some will experience severe post-traumatic stress. Most will eventually recover and return to life as normal. But sometimes, survivors do more than bounce back. Sometimes they bounce forward.

These are the Supersurvivors—individuals who not only rebuild their lives, but also thrive and grow in ways never previously imagined. Beginning where resilience ends, David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz look beyond the tenets of traditional psychology for a deeper understanding of the strength of the human spirit. What they have found flies in the face of conventional wisdom—that positive thinking may hinder more than help; that perceived support can be just as good as the real thing; and that realistic expectations may be a key to great success.

They introduce the humble but powerful notion of grounded hope as the foundation for overcoming trauma. The authors interviewed dozens of men and women whose stories serve as the counterpoint to the latest scientific research. Feldman and Kravetz then brilliantly weave these extraordinary narratives with new science, creating an emotionally compelling and thought-provoking look at what is possible in the face of human tragedy. SUPERSURVIVORS will reset our thinking about how we deal with challenges, no matter how big or small.

"In Supersurvivors, Feldman and Kravetz create an inspiring narrative that elegantly integrates compelling personal stories, evidence-based conclusions, myth busting, and their keen insights to help solve a core problem of human nature: How some of us bounce back from disaster and adversity to thrive while creating even more vibrant lives. Learn those secrets here. Read on." —Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D.,Stanford University Professor Emeritus and author of The Lucifer Effect

"This is a blockbuster that every leader, parent, doctor, teacher, student, coach, and caregiver needs to read. I can't remember the last time I was so fascinated and moved by a book--let alone one grounded in science."
—Adam Grant, Professor at the Wharton School of Business, and author of Give and Take

David B. Feldman, PhD, is an associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He is the author of two books, including The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One. His research and writings address such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of life's difficult circumstances. Feldman has written for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, been interviewed in SELF, U.S. News & World Report, and Ode, among others, and has had his work featured on and  VISIT his official website at

Lee Daniel Kravetz is an author and MFTi psychotherapist.  His writing focuses on survivorship, hope, and stories of resilience.  A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Lee has written for print and television, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post, as well as Frontline, NOVA, and Sesame Street.  VISIT his official website at
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