Hope in the Age of Anxiety

Hardcover | September 18, 2009

byAnthony Scioli, Henry Biller

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Economic collapse, poverty, disease, natural disasters, the constant threat of community unrest and international terrorism--a quick look at any newspaper is enough to cause almost anyone to feel trapped and desparate. Yet the recent election also revealed a growing search for hope spreadingthrough society. In the timely Hope in the Age of Anxiety, Anthony Scioli and Henry Biller illuminate the nature of hope and offer a multitude of techniques designed to improve the lives of individuals, and bring more light into the world. In this fascinating and humane book, Scioli and Biller reveal the ways in which human beings acquire and make use of hope. Hope in the Age of Anxiety is meant to be a definitive guide. The evolutionary, biological, and cultural roots of hope are covered along with the seven kinds of hope found inthe world's religions. Just as vital, the book provides many personal tools for addressing the major challenges of the human condition: fear, loss, illness, and death. Some of the key areas illuminated in Hope in the Age of Anxiety: How do you build and sustain hope in trying times? How can hope help you to achieve your life goals? How can hope improve your relationships with others? How can hope aid your recovery from trauma or illness? How does hope relate to spirituality?Hope in the Age of Anxiety identifies the skills needed to cultivate hope, and offers suggestions for using these capacities to realize your life goals, support health and healing, strengthen relationships, enhance spirituality, and inoculate yourself against the despair that engulfs manyindividuals.

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Economic collapse, poverty, disease, natural disasters, the constant threat of community unrest and international terrorism--a quick look at any newspaper is enough to cause almost anyone to feel trapped and desparate. Yet the recent election also revealed a growing search for hope spreadingthrough society. In the timely Hope in the A...

Anthony Scioli is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Keene State College. Dr. Scioli completed Harvard fellowships in human motivation and behavioral medicine. He co-authored the chapter on emotion for the Encyclopedia of Mental Health and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Psycholo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.3 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:September 18, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart One: The Roots of Hope: Understanding Your Hope Legacy1. Rekindling Hope: Honoring the Fire Within2. The Far-Flashing Beam: Perspectives on Hope3. Pillars of Humanity: Hope Across Time4. Cultures of Hope: Absorbing the Virtues of a Community5. Religions of Hope: Allies in the Sky6. Faith: The Assurance of Things Hoped For7. Spiritual Growth: The Lifecycle of Hope8. Spiritual Intelligence: Developing a Smart SoulPart Two: The Wings of Hope: Beams of Power, Presence and Protection9. Attachment Matters: Love Always Hopes10. Mastery and Inspiration: Your Life is Calling11. Survival Skills: Becoming a Knight of Faith 12. From Fear to Hope: Peace in Troubled Waters13. Overcoming Hopelessness: Escape from Darkness14. Hope for Children: Gifts for Today and Tomorrow15. Hope and Healing: Why Hope is the Best Medicine16. Hope for Health: Prescriptions for WellbeingNotesBibliographyIndex