Supernormal

Childhood Adversity and the Untold Story of Resilience
By: Meg Jay
Narrated by: Meg Jay
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In this seminal new study of resilience, Meg Jay tells the stories of a diverse group of people who have overcome trauma in their childhoods to go on and live successful lives as adults. These are the 'supernormal', who, having shouldered greater than average hardship as children, defy expectation and achieve better than average success as adults. But how, and at what cost?

Whether it was experiencing parental divorce or growing up with an alcohol or drug-abusing parent, living with a parent or sibling with mental illness, being bullied, living in poverty, being a witness to domestic violence or suffering physical or emotional neglect, the people Meg Jay introduces us to are all survivors.

She explores what they have in common that made it possible for them to transcend the trauma of their early years and to build successful adult lives. And she asks the questions: What was the cost of developing those powers? And having survived, even thrived, how do you go on and build a trusting, fulfilled life?

Drawing on her clinical experience with survivors of childhood trauma, Meg Jay documents ordinary people made extraordinary by the experience of all-too-common trauma. Bringing together personal, scientific and cultural knowledge, Jay gives a voice to the experience of the 'supernormal', furnishes them with the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths and gives a window into their world for those who seek to understand them.

©2017 Meg Jay (P)2017 Canongate Books

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Robotised narrative

The content is good but sounds like is a robo narrated it and is difficult to follow monotonous tone

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  • S Wilson
  • 01-07-20

Powerful information

This book was the first book I’ve read/listened to after finally acknowledging my own childhood adversities. I related to many aspects of different stories which was hard for me but good as I feel I am in a place to start moving forward with my life. The messages each chapter gives does need time to process. So I would recommend taking this book at a slow pace. The chapter at the end was a good message to bring the book together.

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  • Benjamin Auffarth
  • 06-22-18

brilliant prose; very insightful

Based on years of experience practising therapy, Meg Jay lines out common traits in the lifes of patients who deal with a history of childhood adversities. Sad and uplifting at the same time.

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  • Navin
  • 02-20-18

Highly recommended

I'm a psychologist and Meg nails it! I can imagine it being very validating for alot of people
Great read!