Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 5½ x 8½
978-1-5381-0855-0 • Hardback • June 2019 • $34.00 • (£26.00)
978-1-5381-0856-7 • eBook • June 2019 • $32.00 • (£25.00)
Jim Taylor, PhD, is internationally recognized for his work in the psychology of critical performance. He is the author of 17 books and the lead editor of four textbooks. He has published more than 700 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 1000 workshops and presentations throughout the world. Taylor has blogged for psychologytoday.com, huffingtonpost.com, sfgate.com, seattlepi.com, the Hearst Interactive Media group, as well as on his own web site.
Introduction: Fork in the Road: Crisis or Opportunity
Section I: Your Amygdala
Chapter 1: Instincts: Primitive or Evolved?
Chapter 2: Emotions: I’m Feelin’ It!
Chapter 3: Reactions: Knee-jerk!
Section II: Your Cerebral Cortex
Chapter 4: Values: Which Road Do You Take?
Chapter 5: Investment: Bet it All on Red!
Chapter 6: Attitudes: You Gotta Believe!
Chapter 7: Mindset: What Were You Thinking?
Chapter 8: Mental Muscles: Feelin’ Strong!
Section III: Your Evolution
Chapter 9: Preparation: Ready, Set…!
Epilogue: Action: Lights, Camera…!
About the Author
For the last 53 years, I have been involved in managing crises caused by natural disasters (earthquakes, fires, floods and severe drought) and their aftermath; as well as human-caused crises (mass killings, serial rapists, and other forms of interpersonal human aggression). As a society, we know a lot about getting infrastructures back to "normal." However, as individuals, we know precious little about how to minimize the effects of a crisis when it hits or thriving when it does - until now. “How to Survive and Thrive When Bad Things Happen” provides a well-thought-out, right-on-target road map for navigating the minefields we all walk through in a crisis and coming out stronger and better.— Capt. Robert J. Martin, (LAPD 1966-1994); Senior Advisor, Gavin de Becker & Associates; Senior Advisor, Violence Prevention Agency
With values as the bedrock, practical tools to empower, and retrain-the-brain strategies to respond to today’s crises as challenges and opportunities rather than fight-or-flight, How to Survive and Thrive is a deep exploration that offers 21st century solutions to our human instinct’s natural response to a crisis.
— Victoria A. Hudson, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, 3 combat-zone tours of duty
Having experienced and led responses to more than a few crises in my military and business careers, How to Survive and Thrive resonated with me from first page to last. Dr. Taylor’s approach to how to overcome modern-day crises is both intellectually insightful and boots-on-the-ground practical. Every leader in the community, in business, and in the military, needs to read this book.
— Robert O. Wray, P.E., Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret); CEO; Leadership Author
Dr. Taylor’s book is full of wisdom and guidance for dealing with crises, both large and small, that people encounter in their lives. His book contains uniquely useful recommendations for readers when confronted with a crisis. The many quotes that he includes provide additional insight and inspiration for the reader. I recommend this innovative and thoroughly thoughtful book highly.
— Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., Psychologist for San Francisco Police Departments