Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD

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Resilience can be learned.


A pioneering researcher gives us a new understanding of stress and trauma, as well as the tools to heal and thrive.

This groundbreaking book examines the cultural norms that impede resilience in America, especially our collective tendency to disconnect stress from its consequences and override our need to recover. It explains why an event that’s stressful for one person can be traumatizing for another. Most importantly, it explores how recovery and resilience can be learned.

With stories from the men and women she’s trained, as well as her own striking experiences with stress and trauma, Liz gives readers hands-on strategies they can use themselves—whether they want to perform under pressure or heal from traumatic experience—while pointing our understanding in a new direction.

What People Are Saying


“I don’t think I have ever read a book that paints such a complex and accurate landscape of what it is like to live with the legacy of trauma as this book does, while offering a comprehensive approach to healing that is simultaneously based on both on the author’s own personal experiences and journey into health, as well as on a thorough scientific understanding of the underlying issues about the ways that mind, brain, and body are affected by traumatic stress.”

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, author of The Body Keeps the Score

“This high-octane book could give you back your life. When we experience dysregulation, we have to reclaim our core capacities and develop them to serve our health, performance, and quality of life. Liz Stanley expertly maps an inner adventure through training our attention and ability to stay grounded in highly stressful situations.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Full Catastrophe Living and creator of mindfulness-based stress reduction

“This book holds a template for enhancing performance—attention span, focus, rapid recovery from shock and stress.  Although I was initially skeptical, I became convinced when I was able to see and understand the supporting science, in particular the data that show physiological changes. These outcomes hold value in all environments and conditions, and can help people gain more mastery of their bodies to improve their daily performance and their overall lives.”

Major General (Ret.) Melvin G. Spiese, former commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Training and Education Command

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