Author of the popular blog Leveraging Adversity on Psych Central, Claire Nana, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over twelve years of experience specializing in trauma, addictions, and posttraumatic growth. After surviving her own horrific ordeal—the murder of her father, incarceration of her mother, and later being accused of murdering her own father by her mother’s attorney—she chose to make the best of the life she had left. Since then, Nana has run thirty-nine marathons, three fifty-mile races, and nine one-hundred-mile races to honor her father. She has also written over fifteen continuing education courses for the Zur Institute and International Sports Science Association on the topics of therapy and running. And with the insight of positive psychology, she has helped numerous individuals and families realize that growth can result from trauma.
Leverage: The Science of Turning Setbacks into Springboards (Self-Help)
But what if those very same obstacles that stand in your way can actually be used to get you closer to your goals?
This is the very question that LEVERAGE explores, and drawing on the latest research in positive psychology, post-traumatic growth, behavioral economics, and evolutionary psychology, LEVERAGE will show you that obstacles may be exactly what you need to get what you want.
We are taught that the quicker we bounce back from failure or suffering, the better off we will be. But what if, in fact, the opposite is true? Presenting a radically different approach to healing and wholeness, Leverage reveals how the act of struggling with adversity produces growth—and how shortening this process may diminish your development rather than further it. By opening yourself to the possibility of both positive and negative outcomes, you leave room for unexpected, transformative opportunities. When you engage in the journey instead of blindly racing toward victory, you learn how to find joy and appreciation for life regardless of your circumstances, form deep and meaningful relationships, discover your strengths, and deepen your faith.
Leverage invites you to take a deep breath and embark on an arduous adventure that will give you back your life.”