Supernormal

Supernormal

Triumphs of Experience : George Vaillant, Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study (Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2012). “They were normal when I picked them”: Quoted in Joshua Wolf Shenk, “What Makes Us Happy,” The Atlantic ...

Author: Meg Jay

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 9781782114956

Category: Psychology

Page: 400

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In this seminal new study of resilience, Meg Jay tells the stories of a diverse group of people who have overcome trauma in their childhoods to go on and live successful lives as adults. These are the 'supernormal', who having shouldered greater than average hardship as children defy expectation and achieve better than average success as adults. But how, and at what cost? Whether it was experiencing parental divorce, or growing up with an alcohol or drug-abusing parent, living with a parent or sibling with mental illness, being bullied, living in poverty, being a witness to domestic violence, suffering physical or emotional neglect, the people Meg Jay introduces us to are all survivors. She explores what they have in common that made it possible for them to transcend the trauma of their early years and to build successful adult lives. And she asks the questions: What was the cost of developing those powers? And having survived, even thrived, how do you go on and build a trusting, fulfilled life? Drawing on her clinical experience with survivors of childhood trauma, Meg Jay documents ordinary people made extraordinary by the experience of all-too-common trauma. Bringing together personal, scientific and cultural knowledge Jay gives a voice to the experience of the 'supernormal', furnishes them with the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths, and gives a window into their world for those who seek to understand them.
Categories: Psychology

Triumphs of Experience

Triumphs of Experience

The Men of the Harvard Grant Study George E. Vaillant. major source of health decline. Of the men with no vascular risk factors, 50 percent were still alive at ninety, instead of the expected 30 percent. Of the seventeen men with three ...

Author: George E. Vaillant

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674071810

Category: Psychology

Page: 480

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At a time when people are living into their tenth decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers welcome news for old age: our lives evolve in our later years and often become more fulfilling. Among the surprising findings: people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife, and vice versa.
Categories: Psychology

Aging Pastoring for Life Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well

Aging  Pastoring for Life  Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well

17. Woodward, Valuing Age, 112. 18. Woodward, Valuing Age, 98. 19. George E. Vaillant, Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012), 225. 20. Vaillant, Triumphs of Experience, ...

Author: Will Willimon

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493422562

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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★ Publishers Weekly starred review Seasoned pastor and church leader Will Willimon excels at creating thought-provoking, accessible books for working pastors and seminarians. In Aging, he takes a theologically rich look at numerous aspects of growing old. Drawing on Scripture, literature, current research, and his experiences as an aging adult, Willimon reflects on aging as a spiritual journey. He explores the challenging realties as well as the rewarding joys of growing old and shows pastors how to help their congregants grow old gracefully and in good Christian hope. Willimon also offers practical advice on helping church members as they encounter retirement, aging, caring for the aging, loss, bereavement, and finding faith in the last quarter of life. This eloquent, delightfully Christian perspective on aging will be of interest to all who care for aging souls--not only pastors but also chaplains and other ministers in hospitals, hospices, and extended care facilities. About the Series Pastors are called to help people navigate the profound mysteries of being human, from birth to death and everything in between. This series, edited by leading pastoral theologian Jason Byassee, provides pastors and pastors-in-training with rich theological reflection on the various seasons that make up a human life, helping them minister with greater wisdom and joy.
Categories: Religion

Maps for Men

Maps for Men

... Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development (2002) • Spiritual Evolution: A Scientific Defense of Faith (2008) • Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study ...

Author: Edgell Franklin Pyles, PhD

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781512740073

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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MAPS for Men is a must-have resource for any and every family business. Dave Ramsey, Nationally syndicated radio show host New York Times best-selling author MAPS for Men is a wonderful book full of superb insight and information. Paul Schorr, III, Past President, Chief Executives Organization I read MAPS for Men today, I should say that I devoured it very interesting and helpful model for all of life. Paul Schorr, IV, (Chip) Founder & Chairman, Augusta Columbia Capital MAPS for Men is a gift to all fathers and sons. James (Jay) E. Hughes, Jr., Author: Family Wealth: Keeping It in the Family MAPS for Men is one of the most comprehensive guides to families in business that I have ever seen. Charles S. Luck, IV, CEO, Luck Companies Founder, InnerWill The transition of wealth concepts described in MAPS are immensely dynamic, relevant, and applicable!! It is a must read for all entrepreneurs! Cordia Harrington, Founder & CEO, The Tennessee Bun Company What a wonderful piece of work. I found each chapter and the whole book incredibly meaningful. Dennis Jaffe, PhD, Author: Working With the Ones You Love: Creating A Successful Family Business. Stewardship in Your Family Enterprise Past President, Association of Humanistic Psychology The guidelines in MAPS will bear fruit for many years and generations to come. David Hardie, Founder and CEO, Hallador Management, LLC Edgell and Thomas have created a book that will impact families for generations. Dennis Passis, President, Family Wealth Library MAPS is truly a masterpiece! Jim Chaffin, President, Chaffin Light Management Company Past Chairman, Urban Land Institute Past Member, Board of Managers, University of Virginia If you are a woman who wants to understand men better, MAPS is all you need to know! Morgan Wandell, Head of Drama Series, Amazon Studios
Categories: Religion

Becoming Like a Child

Becoming Like a Child

men up to the age of fifty-five in his Adaptation to Life (1977) and continued to report on them in Aging Well (2002). ... George E. Vaillant, Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study (Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press ...

Author: Jerome Berryman

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9780819233233

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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- A theological summary of Jerome W. Berryman's understanding of Christian theology and practice through the lens of childhood - Invites us to engage in the creative process, live creative, authentic, playful lives
Categories: Religion

How to Be Happy at Work

How to Be Happy at Work

... Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study (Cambridge, MA; London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012); Robert E. Quinn, The Positive Organization: Breaking Free from Conventional Cultures, Constraints, ...

Author: Annie McKee

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 9781633696815

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Life's too short to be unhappy at work "I'm working harder than I ever have, and I don't know if it's worth it anymore." If you're a manager or leader, these words have probably run through your mind. So many of us are feeling fed up, burned out, and unhappy at work: the constant pressure and stress, the unending changes, the politics--people feel as though they can't give much more, and performance is suffering. But it's work, after all, right? Should we even expect to be fulfilled and happy at work? Yes, we should, says Annie McKee, coauthor of the bestselling Primal Leadership. In her new transformative book, she makes the most compelling case yet that happiness--and the full engagement that comes with it--is more important than ever in today's workplace, and she sheds new light on the powerful relationship of happiness to individual, team, and organizational success. Based on extensive research and decades of experience with leaders, this book reveals that people must have three essential elements in order to be happy at work: A sense of purpose and the chance to contribute to something bigger than themselves A vision that is powerful and personal, creating a real sense of hope Resonant, friendly relationships With vivid and moving real-life stories, the book shows how leaders can use these powerful pillars to create and sustain happiness even when they're under pressure. By emphasizing purpose, hope, and friendships they can also ensure a healthy, positive climate for their teams and throughout the organization. How to Be Happy at Work deepens our understanding of what it means to be truly fulfilled and effective at work and provides clear, practical advice and instruction for how to get there--no matter what job you have.
Categories: Business & Economics

Winning with Honour

Winning with Honour

Dr George Vaillantled the study from 1972 to 2004 and published the fascinating findings in 2012 in a book entitled: “Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study” (Belknap Press). The study revealed a few secrets to ...

Author: Siong Guan Lim

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789813108660

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 472

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Following the success of their first book "The Leader, The Teacher, & You", which won the Singapore Literature Book Prize in the Non-Fiction Category in 2014, Siong Guan and Joanne H Lim have collaborated again to produce their new book "Winning with Honour: In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership, and Life". The book draws upon wisdom from history, geography, culture, religion, the wisdom of the ancients, as well as writings and examples from all over the world. The book posits that there is a universality in the message of Honour that can prove valuable to all who would care to reflect on how to sustain success in one's life, family, community, organisation and/or nation. The purpose of this book is to invite you to think about what winning in life actually means, and seeks to raise consciousness about the virtue of Honour in our lives, particularly in the two dimensions of "Honouring Our Word" and "Honouring Each Other". Segmented into 10 parts and drawing from a collection of wisdom literature, the book posits that Honour does not just explain Singapore's journey from Third World Economy to First World Economy in a generation, but is an essential virtue that undergirds purposefulness in life, happiness in family, stability in society, advantage in business, success in leadership, and security in the nation. Written in a unique format that is accessible to people from all walks of life, the book seeks to showcase what is possible if imagination and human enterprise are coupled with honour. Contents:AffirmationsAppreciationIntroductionPart I: Honour:Small Thought, Big IdeaPart II: Honour for a Satisfied Life:Honouring Our HumanityPart III: Honour for the Future:Honouring Our Chances for SuccessPart IV: Honour in Relationships:Honouring the Building Blocks of Our LifePart V: Honour in Individuals:Honouring Our IdentityPart VI: Honour in Families:Honouring Our First RelationshipsPart VII: Honour in Communities:Honouring Our ResponsibilityPart VIII: Honour in Organisations:Honouring Our PotentialPart IX: Honour in Leadership:Honouring Our PeoplePart X: A Study of Singapore, A Study of Honour:Small City, Small StateClosing Thoughts: Honour Honour:Making Our Future Readership: This book is for anyone who wants to live a happy and meaningful life. In a world powered by technology, and infiltrated by materialism and consumerism, we find ourselves living "full" but unfulfilling lives. The authors hope that readers will find insights and perspectives on how they can make the most out of their lives, and fulfil the calling that only they can fulfil for there will no one like them in this entire history of humanity.
Categories: Business & Economics

Your Whole Life

Your Whole Life

See George E. Vaillant, Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012), 146 and 180. Maturation “is the evolution of teenage self-centeredness into the disinterested empathy of a ...

Author: James Bernard Murphy

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812252231

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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A holistic view of human development that rejects the conventional stages of childhood, adulthood, and old age When we talk about human development, we tend to characterize it as proceeding through a series of stages in which we are first children, then adolescents, and finally, adults. But as James Bernard Murphy observes, growth is not limited to the young nor is decline limited to the aged. We are never trapped within the horizon of a particular life stage: children anticipate adulthood and adults recapture childhood. According to Murphy, the very idea of stages of life undermines our ability to see our lives as a whole. In Your Whole Life, Murphy asks: what accounts for the unity of a human life over time? He advocates for an unconventional, developmental story of human nature based on a nested hierarchy of three powers—first, each person's unique human genome insures biological identity over time; second, each person's powers of imagination and memory insure psychological identity over time; and, third, each person's ability to tell his or her own life story insures narrative identity over time. Just as imagination and memory rely upon our biological identity, so our autobiographical stories rest upon our psychological identity. Narrative is not the foundation of personal identity, as many argue, but its capstone. Engaging with the work of Aristotle, Augustine, Jesus, and Rousseau, as well as with the contributions of contemporary evolutionary biologists and psychologists, Murphy challenges the widely shared assumptions in Western thinking about personhood and its development through discrete stages of childhood, adulthood, and old age. He offers, instead, a holistic view in which we are always growing and declining, always learning and forgetting, and always living and dying, and finds that only in relation to one's whole life does the passing of time obtain meaning.
Categories: Political Science

From Strength to Strength

From Strength to Strength

Triumphs of Experience : The Men of the Harvard Grant Study . Cambridge , MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press , 52 . 8. Vaillant . Triumphs of Experience , 50 . 9. Tillich , Paul . ( 1963 ) . The Eternal Now .

Author: Arthur C. Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780593191491

Category: Self-Help

Page: 273

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The roadmap for finding purpose, meaning, and success as we age, from bestselling author, Harvard professor, and the Atlantic's happiness columnist Arthur Brooks. Many of us assume that the more successful we are, the less susceptible we become to the sense of professional and social irrelevance that often accompanies aging. But the truth is, the greater our achievements and our attachment to them, the more we notice our decline, and the more painful it is when it occurs. What can we do, starting now, to make our older years a time of happiness, purpose, and yes, success? At the height of his career at the age of 50, Arthur Brooks embarked on a seven-year journey to discover how to transform his future from one of disappointment over waning abilities into an opportunity for progress. From Strength to Strength is the result, a practical roadmap for the rest of your life. Drawing on social science, philosophy, biography, theology, and eastern wisdom, as well as dozens of interviews with everyday men and women, Brooks shows us that true life success is well within our reach. By refocusing on certain priorities and habits that anyone can learn, such as deep wisdom, detachment from empty rewards, connection and service to others, and spiritual progress, we can set ourselves up for increased happiness. Read this book and you, too, can go from strength to strength.
Categories: Self-Help

Looks Good on Paper

Looks Good on Paper

Vaillant's Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2013) is his latest, and, I assume, last book following up the Harvard college students (all men), who were now in their ...

Author: Leslie S. Pratch

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231168366

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Leslie S. Pratch is a practicing psychologist who focuses on assessing and coaching executives who occupy or are candidates for top positions in business organizations. In this book, she shares insights from more than twenty years of executive evaluations and offers an empirically based approach to identify executives who will be effective within organizations—and to flag those who will ultimately fail—by evaluating aspects of personality and character that are hidden beneath the surface. Pratch compares candidates with impressive careers and tries to determine which ones are likely to act with consistently high integrity and exhibit sound, timely judgment when faced with unanticipated business problems. Central to effective leadership is a psychological quality called “active coping,” which Pratch defines and explores by referencing case studies, historical figures, and her own scholarly work. This book speaks not only to those in hiring positions and their advisors but more widely to leaders and anyone who wishes to learn more about their own character and the abilities of those around them. She offers knowledge, asks questions, and challenges common perceptions, providing a practical tool for those in business and for general readers.
Categories: Business & Economics