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The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self | [Alex Lickerman]

The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self

Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength. It doesn't just happen automatically, and it takes practice. New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop.
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Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength.

It doesn't just happen automatically, and it takes practice. New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop. To build strength out of adversity, we need a catalyst. What we need, according to Dr. Alex Lickerman, is wisdom - wisdom that adversity has the potential to teach us.

Lickerman's underlying premise is that our ability to control what happens to us in life may be limited, but we have the ability to establish a life-state to surmount the suffering life brings us. The Undefeated Mind distills the wisdom we need to create true resilience into nine core principles, including:

  • A new definition of victory and its relevance to happiness
  • The concept of the changing of poison into medicine
  • A way to view prayer as a vow we make to ourselves.
  • A method of setting expectations that enhances our ability to endure disappointment and minimizes the likelihood of quitting
  • An approach to taking personal responsibility and moral action that enhances resilience
  • A process for managing pain - both physical and emotional - that enables us to push through obstacles that might otherwise prevent us from attaining our goals
  • A method of leveraging our relationships with others that helps us manifest our strongest selves

Through stories of patients who have used these principles to overcome suffering caused by unemployment, unwanted weight gain, addiction, rejection, chronic pain, retirement, illness, loss, and even death, Dr. Lickerman shows how we too can make these principles function within our own lives, enabling us to develop for ourselves the resilience we need to achieve indestructible happiness. At its core, The Undefeated Mind urges us to stop hoping for easy lives and focus instead on cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have.

©2012 Alex Lickerman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Would you listen to The Undefeated Mind again? Why?

    Yes. The book contains many Gold Nuggets based on scientific research as well as best therapeutic practice. I am a psychologist and hypnotherapist and many of the techniques and theories Dr. Lickerman uses in his practice is very relevant to my private practice as well. Thank you Dr. Alex Lickerman for writing this book. Cand Psychol Sigurd Stubsjøen


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    kisa cle elum, WA, United States 04-23-13
    kisa cle elum, WA, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Undefeated Mind in three words, what would they be?

    I downloaded this book because after ordering a bunch of books on amazon on fitness and crossfit this book was recommended to me. So I guess I was expecting it to be a book about learning how to condition your mind to be tuff, in the sense of pushing your self towards goals and through really hard work outs or even pain or injury. Instead it ended up being a book more broad in nature, focused more on everyday problems and a few life changing type events.


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    There was a section on "finding your mission" that I liked and also a section on "negative thoughts" that have stuck with me on almost a daily basis.


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    The narrator delivery is a bit...i dont know how to explain it...it seems to lack almost any emotion. Not as bad as a computerized voice...but sometimes it seemed close.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book on my lunch hours while taking walks.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Oso Harris Fort Worth, TX, United States 06-29-13
    Oso Harris Fort Worth, TX, United States 06-29-13 Member Since 2015

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    The practical, non-dogmatic approach based on Buddhist principles and current scientific understanding of the mind.


    What other book might you compare The Undefeated Mind to and why?

    I was motivated to read the works of Frankl cited by this book.


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    Timing and voice were very nice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and over and over again.


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    I have now listened to this twice. Both times I have drawn inspiration and courage to persevere. Even more important I have found concrete actions I can implement. Thank you Dr. Lickerman!

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    Katherine CHICAGO, IL, United States 02-20-14
    Katherine CHICAGO, IL, United States 02-20-14
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    "One of my new ALL TIME favorite books!"
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    The entire audiobook- really flawlessly written! Kudos to the amazing author!


    What about Phil Holland’s performance did you like?

    Very enjoyable and easy to understand


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    A must read for everyone- buy it, you won't regret it!

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    Interesting information and certainly inspiring. Narrator clearly was not inspired. Monotone droning. Was difficult to listen to.

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable with helpful suggestions that I will or have already tried"

    Highly recommend this book for entertainment and practical advice. Narration is impeccable. Worthwhile read for those who examine their lives to become enlightened

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    Joshua M. 06-27-15
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    "Never be defeated."

    Great ideas and stories on how and why people overcome adversity. It was a moving, rewarding, and eye opening book. I would recommend this to anyone feeling down and out in or with their lives. We have the ability to change and find happiness even in the most difficult circumstances. Will definitely listen to again.

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    loved it .For me it was so helpful I will listen to the book often. Thank you Alex

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    "Wonderful!!! Never Be Defeated!!!"

    The Undefeated Mind was a wonderful illustration on building mental strength. It all starts and ends in your mind. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a higher level of enlightenment.

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    Really well put together and thought out audiobook. Fantastic examples of potential obstacles that life can sometimes throw our way and how we can turn experiences into strengths or "poison into medicine". Having had a pretty rough year having dealt with several issues all at once I have found this book really helpful

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