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Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Taller

Two important new books on a revolution in thinking about resilience

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Rising StrongThe Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.By Brené BrownSpiegel & GrauSuperBetterA Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More ResilientBy Jane McGonigalPenguin Press“Oh, you’ll get over it,” your mother may have told you. But an emerging area in science tells us: Don’t get over it. Leverage it. Better yet, springboard off it into a magnificent double flip. This is the science of posttraumatic growth, and in new books out this month, two renowned authors take on the subject of human resiliency.Jane McGonigal, PhD, is a game expert who has created alternate reality games to help solve problems like climate change. (Listen in on a recent conversaiton wtih McGonigal on the S&H podcast, Essential Conversations here.) After suffering a brain injury and sinking into a cloudy, muddled depression, she tapped into her experience and used “gameful thinking” to help herself heal. The resulting game, SuperBetter, is simple: adopt a secret identity, recruit allies, battle the bad guys, seek out quests, and activate power-ups. McGonigal shared her game on a website, and i …

Kathryn Drury Wagner

Kathryn Drury Wagner is a writer and editor based in Savannah. She is the author of Hawaii’s Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!.


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