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Clinical psychologist and author of The Defining Decade, Dr. Meg Jay reveals the world of the “supernormal,” those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity.

Whether it is bullying, the loss of a parent to divorce or death, an alcoholic or mentally ill family member, domestic violence, neglect, or emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, early adversities are experienced by nearly seventy-five percent of us.

Yet, often such experiences are kept secret as are our courageous battles to overcome them. Drawing on nearly two decades of work with supernormals and hundreds of scientific studies, Dr. Jay tells the tale of everyday superheroes who have made a life out of dodging bullets and leaping over obstacles, even as they hide in plain sight as students, teachers, doctors, artists, actors, athletes, parents, and more. These powerful stories and those of public figures from Andre Agassi to Jay Z, will show readers they are not alone but are, in fact, in good company.

Marvelously researched, this extraordinary book narrates the continuing saga that is resilience as it challenges us to consider whether—and how—good wins out in the end.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Adversity is much more common than we think. But so is resilience, as Meg Jay reveals in this remarkable book. With a storyteller's grace and a clinician's insight, Jay explains how everyday superheroes triumph over traumas of every kind -- and how you can use their inspiration and lessons to transform your own life. Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive
  • "Jay...challenges the idea that [people who have experienced trauma] are damaged and abnormal by redefining them as "supernormal" heroes. [Jay] uses her [superhero conceit] to help make the people whose stories she shares more relatable, in the way that children, especially children in difficult situations, look to their fictional heroes for...affirmation. Publishers Weekly
  • "On our long journey through life, sometimes we get knocked down by adversity. Meg Jay's brilliant analysis of how to rise up even stronger is essential reading for all of us on the path of everyday heroism. Philip Zimbardo, PhD, president of The Heroic Imagination Project
  • SUPERNORMAL is a compassionate, optimistic, yet realistic tale of resilience. We can bounce back from adversity. Even so, the bounce hurts. I recommend this book to anyone seeking guidance, or inspiration, for coping with everyday stress -- or a once-in-a-lifetime trauma. Robert E. Emery, PhD, University of Virginia; Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law and author of Two Homes, One Childhood
  • "With SUPERNORMAL, Meg Jay takes us into the secret world of friends, neighbors, and colleagues, where many are fighting their own private battles. You will understand resilience quite differently after you read this book, and the world would be a more compassionate place if everyone did. J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D, director of Think:Kids
  • "SUPERNORMAL puts an end to the 'happily-ever-after' tales we tell ourselves about resilient children. But it does not stop there. Deeply researched and full of insight and wisdom, it is a book for anyone thinking about how we navigate the vicissitudes of life. Steven Lagerfeld, public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center
  • "In a world where quick fixes masquerade as the secret to health and happiness, SUPERNORMAL saves the day with an inspirational account of resilience that never shortchanges the pain, risk, or complexity of the challenges involved. Masterfully researched, eloquently written, and deeply felt, SUPERNORMAL satisfies at every level. Daphne de Marneffe, PhD, author of Maternal Desire and The Rough Patch
  • "Meg Jay offers the supernormals among us -- those masses forged by adversity -- both self-awareness and community. They will see themselves, and one another, in her pages, exhaling with the relief of recognition. Joshua Prager, author of The Echoing Green and 100 Years
  • "Compelling and hopeful. [Meg Jay] amply shows that though internal battles may not end, the joy that comes from living a balanced life is always possible. A well-researched, abundantly documented, readable work of social science. Kirkus
  • “With a storyteller’s grace and a clinician’s insight, Jay explains how everyday superheroes triumph…and how you can use their inspiration and lessons to transform your own life.”

    Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “It’s impossible to read Supernormal without seeing yourself in it—and without seeing yourself more clearly too.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • "This extraordinary book taught me more about resilience than anything else I've read. With the ear of a therapist and the voice of a novelist, Meg Jay delves deep into the human condition to illuminate how we find strength after suffering. It's impossible to read SUPERNORMAL without seeing yourself in it -- and without seeing yourself more clearly too. Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
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About the Author

Meg Jay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adult development and is the author of The Defining Decade. She works as an assistant clinical professor at University of Virginia and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. She earned doctorates in clinical psychology and gender studies from the University of California, Berkeley.