CHANGE YOUR WORLD: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success
by Michael Ungar, PhD
May 2019 – The Sutherland House (Canada)
How much do grit and positive thinking matter when the world around you is starved of support and opportunity?
Finally, a book that explains why self-help gurus and motivational speakers mostly fail to deliver, and what really produces results.
The entire self-improvement industry puts the responsibility for change on us as individuals, producing few if any long-term changes in our health or happiness. In this mind-bending look at what the science of resilience teaches us about success, Dr. Michael Ungar shows that individual growth depends very little on what we think, feel, or behave. Dr. Ungar is one of the world’s leading experts on thriving through adversity. Delving into the latest research, he demonstrates that the ethic of rugged individualism and the victim-blaming politics that come with it are red herrings in the science of success.
Dr. Ungar explores reals lives, across age and culture, and discovers that the answers lie in the people and the support systems around us. Supportive spouses, caring families, nurturing employers, and effective governments are very often the difference between individual success and failure. The good news is that it is easier to change your environment than it is to change yourself. Indeed, Dr. Ungar has solid evidence that we can influence the world around us in ways that will make us more resilient both at home and on the job.
“…well-written and deeply researched…”—Kirkus Reviews
Dr. Michael Ungar is among the world’s best-known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience. He has helped to identify the influence that resilience has on children and adults during periods of transition and stress. He is the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family, and Community Resilience, a professor of social work at Dalhousie University, and a family therapist. Dr. Ungar is the author of 14 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 135 scientific papers. In 2012, he received the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution to clinical work with families and communities.