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01/03/2013

Saybrook alum's new book tells the world: You Are Not Irrelevant

While studying for his psychology PhD at Saybrook University, New York City accountant Eric Kreuter learned that almost anyone can turn their life around.

Kreuter worked with Rex, a former medical student whose life had taken a turn: at 59, Rex was receiving food stamps and living with his mother. But after only four months of weekly clinical work with Kreuter, Rex was able to turn his life around for the better, and is now employed and helping to support his family.

What happened, Kreuter realized, is that he’d been able to help Rex build up his “resilience” - the characteristic that helps people bounce back from adversity. Often studied, resilience is not well understood. But Kreuter had learned something valuable about resilience, and how it’s built.

“One of the things Saybrook taught me is that bad results can happen when you treat people like lab rats,” Kreuter said. “The saybrook training led me not only to the case study methodology, but to the person-centered approach, viewing him as a unique human people, helping him find appropriate challenges, and encouraging him whenever he had a success, no matter how small.”

Now Kreuter’s written a book that shows how each of us can build up our own resilience to triumph over feelings of loss and irrelevance.

Fostering Resilience for Loss and Irrelevance explains different manifestations of loss of resilience, and how human adaptability can be enhanced through clinical, philosophical, and creative means. Kreuter looks at the role of societal pressure, influences on the construct of meaning, rehabilitating the psyche after a loss of relevance and expectations versus reality, as well as providing case studies on relevance and resilience and of building resilience through writing.

The book builds on the work of legendary psychologists such as Saybrook founder and faculty member Rollo May, as well as Erick Fromm, and Victor Frankl. It is poised to become another significant addition to the literature in humanistic psychology.

Fostering Resilience for Loss and Irrelevance is being published by Springer Science+Business Media and will be out in December.

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