'Most of the stories, he says, are about “trauma, trauma, trauma, trauma”: a marine whose friend is killed by a sniper; a convoy ambushed in Iraq; the smell of burning bodies in a firebombed bus.'
"Employers expect graduate education because they can, and academic bona fides help them narrow an ever-growing pool of applicants."
"Emotional healing comes in intimate form--the acknowledgment of another's suffering and the willingness and ability to get down and dirty with that person and say, 'I get it.'"
"Fear of being treated differently by leaders, worry that military careers will be compromised, and distrust of providers are key reasons service members avoid mental health assistance."
"The meditation goes on for five minutes, casting a spell that draws in the audience so that all that's audible is the air pushing through the vents and the mid-morning gurgle of digesting danish."
"Those of us with another 10 or 20 good years of youthful pretension about us should find comfort in knowing that old age doesn't mean an end to what should be one of life's great pleasures."
"There is a hip righteousness associated with flipping the bird at a driver who cuts you off. At the same time, we wring our hands in fear that anger is corroding civil society."
"The more Aaron Beck let his patients 'free associate' during sessions, the worse they felt. But when he intervened and helped them understand practical problems, his patients made quick progress."
"Children who are resilient -- who bounce back from problems because they see them from multiple perspectives and who accurately understand their role in the situation --fare better after trauma."
"Normal rules did not apply to Nate. Tara spent most days on the floor of her home holding him as tightly as she could and rocking him for hours at a time while he was 'climbing out of his skin.'”
"Why, Seligman wondered, wasn't psychology paying attention to the 80 percent of the population that isn't depressed or suffering from mental illness?"
"Think of coaching as having your own Dr. Phil on call -- someone there not to diagnose emotional problems or feel your pain, but to tell you to buck up and help you make a plan."
"So what ails the American family? 'America has little domestic peace. Men and women do not know how to get along. Children don't want to be around their parents,'" Shmuley told the author.
"Somebody holds the short end of the stick. But who? Members of small-stature ethnic groups? Girls, who are less frequently referred for treatment? The poor, who lack resources to pay for treatment?"
"In its energy, ebulllience, contagiousness and sheer pleasure, exhuberance can be powerful and healthy, Jamison writes. It is the stuff of great leadership, adventure, art and science."
"The threshold of having an evaluation has become incredibly high. There's not a good system in place at the national level for dealing with mental health issues in kids, says Dr. Daniel Pine."
"It is not the investment of time on the court that distinguished the great tennis players from the good, but the level of spiritual, emotional, mental and physical energies brought to that time."
'"This is key: I absolutely experienced dying," he says. "My last thoughts were, 'I'm gonna die. On this shitty piece of ground. I don't fucking believe it!"'