AQ (Adversity Quotient) logo
Find us on TwitterFind PEAK Learning on YouTube

“Resilience is not simply about bouncing back from adversity — it’s your capacity to be strengthened and improved by it.” —Dr. Paul G. Stoltz

AQ for researchers: Resources and informationResources: Books on AQ and resilience
Learn more about AQ ( Adversity Quotient) research Related info about AQ books

Books by Dr. Paul G. Stoltz

Dr. Paul G. Stoltz, originator of Adversity Quotient, has written three bestselling books. Learn more...

The Adversity Advantage

Noteworthy books related to the study of Adversity Quotient® (AQ®) and resilience

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

Author: Martin E.P. Seligman | Publisher: Free Press | January 2004

Drawing on scientific research, Seligman shows how positive psychology is shifting the profession’s paradigm away from its narrow-minded focus on pathology, victimology, and mental illness to positive emotion and mental health. Happiness, studies show, is not the result of good genes or luck. It can be cultivated by identifying and nurturing traits that we already possess — including kindness, originality, humor, optimism, and generosity.

Handbook of Resilience in Children

Editors: Sam Goldstein, Robert B. Brooks | Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC | January 2006

The Handbook is the first such volume that attempts to determine how hypothetical and theoretical concepts of resilience can be applied in practice. It gives clinicians, academics, and mental health professionals the information needed to affect positive youth development. [back to top]

Handbook for Working with Children and Youth: Pathways to Resilience across Cultures and Contexts

Author: Michael Unge | Publisher: SAGE Publications | May 2005

This handbook examines lives lived well despite adversity. Calling upon some of the most progressive thinkers in the field, it presents a collection of writing on the theories, methods of study, and interventions that promote resilience. [back to top]

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

Author: Matthieu Ricard | Publisher: Little, Brown & Company | January 2007

Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of Eastern and Western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness. [back to top]

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth

Authors: Ed Diener, Robert Biswas-Diener | Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell | September 2008

Using sophisticated methodology and three decades of research by the world’s leading expert on happiness, this book challenges the present thinking of the causes and consequences of happiness and redefines our modern notions of happiness. The publisher claims that this book shares the results of three decades of research, covers the most important advances in our understanding of happiness, offers readers unparalleled access to the world’s leading experts on the topic, and provides “real world” examples that will resonate with general readers as well as scholars. [back to top]

Harvard Business Review Series on Building Personal and Organizational Resilience

Publisher: Harvard Business School Press | July 2003

This collection of articles looks at the nature of individual and organizational resilience, an issue that has gained special urgency in today’s unstable world environment. [back to top]

Human Psychoneuroimmunology

Editors: Kavita Vedhara, Michael Irwin, Kav Vedhara | Publisher: Oxford University Press | September 2005

This book presents an up-to-date account of the human evidence in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. Each chapter is written by international experts in the field and gives a current account of the research. [back to top]

Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology

Author: Jorge H. Daruna | Publisher: Academic Press | July 2004

Psychoneuroimmunology investigates the relationships between behavior, psychosocial factors, the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, as well as disease. This book provides introductory text for this complex field. [back to top]

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Author: Martin E.P. Seligman | Publisher: Free Press | Reissue edition — March 1998

Martin E.P. Seligman shows how live with “flexible optimism.” Drawing from more than 20 years of clinical research, he outlines techniques to help people rise above pessimism and the depression that accompanies negative thoughts and build a life of rewards and lasting happiness. [back to top]

Molecules of Emotion: The Science behind Mind-Body Medicine

Author: Candace B. Pert | Publisher: Scribner | February 1999

This book is pioneering research on how the chemicals inside our bodies form a dynamic information network, linking mind and body. By establishing the biomolecular basis for our emotions and explaining these scientific developments, Pert empowers us to understand ourselves, our feelings, and the connection between our minds and our bodies. [back to top]

Neurophysiology

Author: Roger H.S. Carpenter | Publisher: Arnold Publishers | 4th BK&CDR edition — August 2002

This textbook presents a clear account of neurology / neuroscience for students. It integrates information on basic neurophysiology with functional neuroanatomy, core neurology, and clinical cases, and it provides new material on channels and receptors, central motor system, “higher” functions, and development. [back to top]

A New Kind of Science

Author: Stephen Wolfram | Publisher: Wolfram Media | May 2002

This work presents a series of dramatic discoveries never before made public. Starting from a collection of simple computer experiments, Wolfram shows how their unexpected results force a whole new way of looking at the operation of our universe. This book allows scientists and nonscientists alike to participate in what promises to be a major intellectual revolution. [back to top]

Out of the Woods: Tales of Resilient Teens (Adolescent Lives)

Authors: Stuart T. Hauser, Joseph P. Allen, Eve Golden | Publisher: Harvard University Press | 1st edition — May 2006

This book presents significant research in the area of teen resilience. The authors address the question of why some teens have the resilience to bounce back from a troubled adolescence to lead healthy, satisfying, and productive lives while others never find their way “out of the woods.” To investigate, they conducted a longitudinal study of 70 people who had been institutionalized in a psychiatric facility during their adolescence. [back to top]

Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive

Author: Barbara Fredrickson | Publisher: Crown | January 2009

Fredrickson introduces readers to the power of harnessing happiness to transform their lives, backed up by impressive lab research. The author lays out the core truths and 10 forms of positivity — joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe and love — in a book that promises to change the way people look at feeling good. [back to top]

Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths

Author: Alan Carr | Publisher: Brunner-Routledge | May 2004

Positive psychology is concerned with the enhancement of happiness and wellbeing, involving the scientific study of the role of personal strengths and positive social systems in promoting these traits. This book offers an accessible introduction to this emerging field of clinical psychology. [back to top]

The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life

Authors: Robert Brooks and Sam Goldstein | Publisher: McGraw-Hill | 1st edition — October 2004

Brooks and Goldstein (the authors of Raising Resilient Children) describe how adults can develop a “resilient mindset.” Using many examples from their clinical practice, they outline how this mindset is best achieved. [back to top]

Primer in Positive Psychology

Author: Christopher Peterson | Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA | July 2006

Thoroughly grounded in scientific research, this book covers major topics of concern to the field: positive experiences such as pleasure and flow; positive traits such as character strengths, values, and talents; and the social institutions that enable these subjects as well as recent research that might contribute to this knowledge. [back to top]

Psychoneuroimmunology (Two-Volume Set)

Authors: Robert Ader, David L. Felton, Nicholas Cohen | Publisher: Academic Press | 3rd edition — January 2001

This book provides an extensively referenced summary of the behavioral, neural, and endocrine regulation of immune responses and the effects of immune system activity on neural and endocrine functions and behavior. [back to top]

Resilience at Work: How to Succeed No Matter What Life Throws at You

Authors: Salvatore R. Maddi and Deborah M. Khoshaba | Publisher: American Management Association | 1st edition — February 2005

Resilience at Work encourages the determination to face stressful problems instead of denying or avoiding them. This book provides tools to work constructively and remain hardy through difficult situations and to turn stressful changes in the workplace into opportunities. [back to top]

Resilience: Discovering a New Strength at Times of Stress

Author: Frederic Flach | Publisher: Hatherleigh Press | Revised edition — December 2003

Drawing on more than 30 years of case studies from his own psychiatric practice, Flach reveals an antidote to the destructive qualities of stress — physical, mental, and emotional resilience. It includes a chapter on post-traumatic stress disorder and research on nerve cell plasticity. [back to top]

The Resilience Factor: Seven Essential Skills for Overcoming Life’s Inevitable Obstacles

Authors: Karen Reivich and Andrew Shatte | Publisher: Broadway | 1st edition — October 2002

The Resilience Factor is a practical roadmap for navigating unexpected challenges, surprises, and setbacks at work and home. The premise: Your thinking style determines your resilience. The authors synthesize decades of research in cognitive psychology, particularly the work of Aaron Beck and Martin Seligman, to create seven practical strategies. [back to top]

The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back from Setbacks

Author: Al Siebert | Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers | May 2005

The Resiliency Advantage helps readers banish negative, self-defeating thoughts and break free from the roles of “victim” and “good child” while improving problem-solving skills, maintaining humor and optimism during rough times, and becoming both self-reliant and socially responsible. [back to top]

The Science of Happiness: How Our Brains Make Us Happy and What We Can Do to Get Happier

Author: Stefan Klein | Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group | March 2006

A leading German science journalist explores the nature of happiness through the latest research in brain science in this instructive study. Positive and negative feelings, he says, are generated by different mental systems; thus, people whose right frontal lobe dominates tend to be more pessimistic, while those with a stronger left lobe are predisposed to optimism and self-confidence. Despite genetic programming, the author says, the brain is “malleable,” and anyone with a desire for happiness is able to perceive and experience more pleasurable emotions. [back to top]

Strengthening Family Resilience (Second Edition)

Author: Froma Walsh | Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc. | August 2006

Focusing on what we can learn from resilient individuals and well-functioning families, this book provides clinicians with a framework for preventive and interventive work with families that are distressed or at risk. Walsh draws on current research and extensive clinical experience to identify the key processes that buffer families in times of stress, including belief systems, family structure, and communication patterns. Readers learn strength-promoting, collaborative strategies for helping families deal with divorce, death, and other losses and multicrisis situations, as well as persistent challenges such as illness and poverty. [back to top]

Stumbling on Happiness

Author: Daniel Gilbert | Publisher: Knopf | May 2006

Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard, draws on psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy, and behavioral economics to argue that, just as we err on remembering the past, we should also err on imagining the future. He reveals that the limitations of our imaginations may be getting in the way of our ability to know what happiness is. An interesting and thought-provoking approach to happiness. [back to top]

Ebooks by Bruce Elkin

The ABCs of Emotional Mastery (2012): Learn how to deal with depression, manage stress, overcome anxiety — and create a richer, simpler, and more thriving life.

Thrive! Create What Matters Most — In Challenging Times and Beyond! (2011):Learn how to shift your focus and energy from getting rid of what you don't like and don't want, to creating — bringing into being — what you truly do want! [back to top]