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Starting where resiliency studies leave off, two psychologists explore the science of remarkable accomplishment in the wake of trauma, revealing the surprising principles that allow people to transform their lives and achieve extraordinary things.

Over four billion people worldwide will survive a trauma during their lives. Some will experience severe post-traumatic stress. Most will eventually recover and return to life as normal. But sometimes, survivors do more than bounce back. Sometimes they bounce forward.

These are the Supersurvivors—individuals who not only rebuild their lives, but also thrive and grow in ways never previously imagined. Beginning where resilience ends, David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz look beyond the tenets of traditional psychology for a deeper understanding of the strength of the human spirit. What they have found flies in the face of conventional wisdom—that positive thinking may hinder more than help; that perceived support can be just as good as the real thing; and that realistic expectations may be a key to great success.

They introduce the humble but powerful notion of grounded hope as the foundation for overcoming trauma. The authors interviewed dozens of men and women whose stories serve as the counterpoint to the latest scientific research. Feldman and Kravetz then brilliantly weave these extraordinary narratives with new science, creating an emotionally compelling and thought-provoking look at what is possible in the face of human tragedy. Supersurvivors will reset our thinking about how we deal with challenges, no matter how big or small.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Feldman and Kravetz create an inspiring narrative that elegantly integrates compelling personal stories, evidence-based conclusions, myth busting, and their keen insights to help solve a core problem of human nature: How some of us bounce back from disaster and adversity to thrive while creating even more vibrant lives. Learn those secrets here. Read on.”

    Philip Zimbardo, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Lucifer Effect

  • “This is a blockbuster that every leader, parent, doctor, teacher, student, coach, and caregiver needs to read. I can’t remember the last time I was so fascinated and moved by a book—let alone one grounded in science.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • Supersurvivors dares to ask, ‘How, really, do we heal?’ From real case studies and hard science, the answers it finds shake the foundations of the way we conceive recovery.”

    Po Bronson, New York Times bestselling author of NurtureShock

  • “Just surviving suffering is a form of success. But these people have done more than survive, and their stories are worth your time. One day you may need what they have.”

    Linda Ellerbee, Peabody and Emmy Award–winning journalist, television producer, and New York Times bestselling author

  • “Feldman and Kravetz seek the special spark that separates those who grow and thrive from adversity and those who simply survive…‘We intended to write a book about how a few extraordinary people had survived trauma,’ the authors claim, and ‘with the help of supersurvivors...we ended up writing about how every one of us can live more fully.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Two psychologists provide a nontechnical exploration of how certain people not only survive trauma, but actually thrive after a traumatic experience…Hope for the endurance of the human spirit in the face of tragedy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Supersurvivors might well be a how-to manual on taking adversity and turning it into an advantage. As I read it, I kept thinking: I wish I’d had this book ten years ago!”

    Aron Ralston, survivor, speaker, author, and subject of the film 127 Hours

  • Supersurvivors provides the contemporary science about the biology of hope that is vital for all of us—all of us—as we daily confront challenges big and small, real and imagined.”

    Walter M. Bortz II, MD, clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University and author of The Roadmap to 100

  • “It’s rare to find a book that appeals so well to both the head and the heart. Marrying eye-opening stories with thought-provoking science, Feldman and Kravetz open a powerful window into a world of forgiveness and hope.”

    Frederic Luskin, PhD, author of Forgive for Good and director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project

  • Supersurvivors is a brilliant rethinking of the consequences of trauma. This book will change the meaning we give to survival, both for individuals and for our culture as a whole.”

    Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us

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About the Author

David B. Feldman, PhD, is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. An associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a medical center associated with Stanford University.