Beyond Survival

From Coping to Thriving
  • Martin Shaffer


It appears to be a typical Monday for Chuck. Since nine o’clock he has seen one client after another, sandwiching phone calls in between, and managing two quick consultations with his partner as well. He has smoked half a pack of cigarettes before noon, not to mention his having drunk four (or was it five?) cups of strong black coffee. By lunchtime, Chuck is ravenous, but he worries about going out for lunch for fear that a hearty meal will upset his stomach and trigger the intense abdominal pain he has been experiencing intermittently over the past few months. Instead, he wolfs down milk and cottage cheese in his office and wonders whether he will be able to make it through the afternoon. His partner, Mary, tells him he has an ulcer and really ought to see someone about it. Chuck is stoic, however. He thinks it just comes with the territory.


Active Participant Relaxation Response Internal Dialogue Divergent Thinking Cottage Cheese 
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