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Book Review: The Resiliency Workbook

Did you know that you were born resilient?

It’s true. And, while some of us are more resilient than others, we can all learn how to develop our resiliency skills so that we bounce back faster and better from adversity.

Nan Henderson’s new book, The Resiliency Workbook: Bounce Back Stronger, Smarter & With Real Self-Esteemis a helpful, user-friendly guide that helps you not only learn new “bounce” skills, but also helps you elicit and identify the skills you’ve always had but may not have labeled as helpful in overcoming tough times.

Based on tried and true resiliency research, Henderson teaches the reader about protective factors – those dynamics that both prevent adversity as well as help us through it. She then explains her own concept of the Resiliency Wheel which includes:

  • Caring and support
  • High expectations
  • Meaningful participation/contribution
  • Pro-social bonding
  • Clear and consistent boundaries
  • Lifeskill development
She also discusses trusting your own intuitive guidance, using a research-based model for change, and improving authentic self-esteem.
At the end of each of the short, easy-to-read chapters, she supplies questions that help to bolster resiliency.
Henderson has been active in the field of resiliency for the last two decades and has kept well abreast of past and current research. The Resiliency Workbook is a useful and pertinent tool to add to your resiliency toolbox.
Henderson, N. (2012). The Resiliency Workbook: Bounce Back Stronger, Smarter & With Real Self-Esteem. Solvang, Ca: Resiliency in Action, Inc.


Book Review: The Resiliency Workbook

Bobbi Emel, MFT

Psychotherapist Bobbi Emel specializes in helping people face life’s significant challenges and regain their resiliency. In addition to seeing clients in her private practice, Bobbi is a well-regarded speaker and writer. Check out her other writing at The Bounce Blog.

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Emel, B. (2012). Book Review: The Resiliency Workbook. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 21, 2020, from


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