Author(s): Meg Carbonatto
What would it be like to be a 10-year-old seeing your parents get blown up by a roadside bomb, and then spend the next 12 years in a refugee camp? How would you cope if you lost your farm, your means of livelihood, and your wife within a short period of time? How might you find the moral and physical strength to stay alive in the ocean for four days without seeing any evidence of a search for you? Many people cannot imagine physically surviving such situations, let alone bouncing back psychologically as a result. Yet by analysing the strategies of those who have prevailed over tough times, we can not only inspire ourselves, but also learn much about how to respond with resilience and optimism to both the major challenges and the everyday struggles of our lives. A psychotherapist practising in Auckland, Dr Meg Davidson-Carbonatto has spent more than 12 years exploring what helps people to be resilient. Back From The Edge combines reports on resilience research with the personal accounts of 15 'ordinary' Australians and New Zealanders who triumphed over setbacks to achieve satisfying lives. The findings about what constitutes a robust response to challenges are powerful and often surprising. More importantly, they are hugely hopeful, as they show you how you, too, can tap into a vast reservoir of hardiness hidden within yourself, and thus greatly improve your quality of life.
Meg Davidson-Carbonatto , Ph.D. , received her academic training in the United States, and her counselling and psychotherapy training in New Zealand . She has co-authored several research projects, articles and a book on health promotion, and is also involved in training and consulting in communications and personal development areas.