We have a lot of stress in our lives. The simmering undercurrents of worry caused by world events are punctuated with everyday issues like traffic jams, conflicts, and money woes. Stress can make it hard for us to think rationally, and we tend to be reactive instead of tackling problems in a positive way.
I recently had the chance to review Soar Above: How To Use The Most Profound Part Of Your Brain Under Any Kind Of Stress. This book is full of practical evidence and advice for how we, as adults, can use our adult brain instead of reverting to toddler-era decision-making skills (if we're honest, we all react like toddlers sometimes). Dr. Steven Stosny, therapist who has helped over 6,000 clients, includes examples from lectures and his practice to help us improve our reactions so that we appreciate, connect with, and protect what's important to us without exacerbating problems.
Stosny, PhD, has treated more than 6,000 people through
Compassion-Power, the organization he founded and has directed for more
than 21 years. He is the author of Living & Loving after Betrayal,
Love without Hurt: TurnYour Resentful, Angry, or Emotionally Abusive
Relationship into a Compassionate, Loving One and, with Pat Love, How to
Improve Your Marriage Without Talking about It. His textbook, Treating
Attachment Abuse: A Compassionate Approach, set a new standard for
understanding and treating family abuse and was a Behavioral Science
Book Selection. His Psychology Today blog on relationships is one of the
most popular, with nearly four million views.