In Supernormal, Dr. Jay tells the tale of those who soar to unexpected heights after childhood adversity.
Early adversities are experienced by nearly 75% of us. If you are wondering if this includes you, ask yourself the following. Before the age of 20:
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions—or if you lived with an adversity not mentioned just above—you are not the only one. Yet, often such experiences are kept secret as are our courageous battles to overcome them.
Contrary to the notion that resilient youth bounce back from hard times, what they actually do is something much more complicated and courageous. They are nothing if not protagonists in their own lives, often waging fierce and unrelenting battles others cannot see. Theirs is a heroic, painful, wondrous and often perilous journey, a phenomenon indeed—one that, after decades of interest and research, still amazes and confounds.
Drawing on nearly two decades of work with clients and students, Dr. Jay tells the tale of supernormals—or everyday superheroes who have made a life out of dodging bullets and leaping over obstacles, even as they hide in plain sight as students, teachers, doctors, artists, actors, athletes, parents and more. These powerful stories—and those of public figures from Andre Agassi to Jay Z—will show readers they are not alone but are, in fact, in good company. Marvelously researched, this extraordinary book narrates the continuing saga that is resilience as it challenges us to consider whether life must be a neverending battle, whether the good wins out in the end, and how exactly love fits in all this.