Turning Stressful Circumstances into Resilient Growth

  • Salvatore R.¬†Maddi

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Salvatore Maddi
    Pages 29-41
  3. Salvatore Maddi
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    Pages 53-63
  5. Salvatore Maddi
    Pages 79-85
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About this book


These are turbulent times in which it becomes increasingly important to survive and thrive despite stressful circumstances. Hardiness is the pattern of attitudes and skills that provides the courage and strategies that helps people be resilient by turning potential disasters into growth opportunities and fulfillment, thereby enhancing their performance, sense of fulfillment, and health. Hardiness as the pathway to resilience under stress has become of considerable interest, it is beginning to have an influence on the emerging emphasis of positive psychology by expanding this approach beyond mere happiness, to the courage and strategies needed to make the most of difficult times.

The book starts with the special value of hardiness in being resilient by not only surviving, but also thriving under stress, and thereby achieving fulfillment in living. The book then elaborates on the pattern of attitudes and skills of hardiness that form the pathway to this needed resiliency. It discusses the 30 years of validational research and practice that is available concerning hardiness. The book offers various applications of hardiness assessment and training that can contribute to a better life. These include, among others, how hardiness can be trained in school and emphasized in psychotherapy, how hardiness facilitates the intimacy and longevity of relationships, and what organizations need in order to perform successfully in these turbulent times.

The book is of interest to academics, industrial and organizational psychologists, clinical psychologists, mental health professionals, and professionals in public health, social work, sociology and human resources.


Century of change Commitment, Control, Challenge Hardiness Positive Psychology Resilience under Stress Salvatore R. Maddi Stressful nature of personal development Thriving under stress

Authors and affiliations

  • Salvatore R.¬†Maddi
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychology and Social BehaviourUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5221-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5222-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-8371
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