Patricia O’Gorman, PhD
8 hours 21 minutes
The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power
Women of all ages want to make others happy—it’s just in a woman’s nature, isn’t it? But what happens when that “need to please” goes wrong, and a woman keeps pushing herself harder while simultaneously ignoring her own needs? What happens when a woman begins to think self-sabotaging girly thoughts—thoughts like If only I was thinner . . . younger . . . prettier . . . was into kinkier sex . . . ? What happens when relationships sour and the trauma is carried into subsequent relationships?
Noted psychologist and author Dr. Patricia O’Gorman answers these questions for today’s generation of women. This groundbreaking book reveals how girly thoughts are just conclusions women reach as a way of making sense of the trauma they’ve experienced and the resulting codependency issues they grapple with. They need to be reminded from time to time of the saying that while legendary dancer Fred Astaire received top billing, “Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
Whether dealing with family members, coworkers, intimate relationships, or a best friend, when a woman feels “less than” she often misses the path toward achieving her true potential. Blaming herself for what someone else has done to her is, sadly, a common theme among women, but Dr. O’Gorman shows how this reaction is merely how women have been conditioned to respond—then provides the tools they need to break the cycle and become more resilient.
“This is a powerful MUST READ resource for women to understand the process of resiliency and their resilient style in facing stressful challenges. Bravo to the author for empowering woman with creative exercises and tools to strengthen their resilient style.”
—Mercedes A. McCormick, PhD, 2013 President of the American Psychological Association, and past president of the New York State Psychological Association, Division of Women’s Issues
“Offering both a mirror and a roadmap to guide women to new understandings about individual thoughts, actions, and strengths, The Resilient Woman provides insight and the protective tools to ‘woman-proof’ our lives. Instead of blaming women for picking up negative ideas of how we should think, feel, or act, O’Gorman explains how being a woman includes the exposure to a certain amount of ‘cultural trauma’ and then shows women how a resilient life is generated not from what happened in our lives but by our reactions to those things. The Resilient Woman offers the tools we need to make change in our lives plus the actionable steps to help us live from our base of personal power. It’s a masterpiece!”
—Teena Cahill, PsyD, humorist, TV and radio show host, director of Wisdom and Beyond, and author of The Cahill Factor: Turning Adversity into Advantage
Patricia O’Gorman, Ph.D (AUTHOR) is an internationally-recognized public speaker known for her warm, funny, and inspiring presentations, coach and psychologist. She was one of the first researchers in children of alcoholics in the early 1970’s, documenting the impact of alcoholism and sobriety on adolescent development, and went on in 1974 to create the Department of Prevention and Education for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD).She is a veteran of numerous television appearances, including Good Morning America, Today, and AM Sunday and the author of numerous articles.
Janis Daddona (NARRATOR) is a professional voice talent and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University. She’s a regular blogger and interviewer for the weekly global “Forest Calls” offered through ServiceSpace.com. She greatly appreciates the opportunity to read self-help and other useful audiobooks to support people in their journey. She lives in Connecticut with her feline mentors, Buckminster and Kierkegaard.