First U.S. edition.
241 pages ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-236) and index.
Why do engineers build bends in roads? -- What a New Zealand earthquake taught me about Nietzsche -- Rodin and the goalkeeper -- Sex and the suspension bridge -- How can stress make you smarter? -- Can too much happiness be bad for you?
Why is it that some people react to seemingly trivial emotional upsets--like failing an unimportant exam or tackling a difficult project at work--with distress, while others power through life-changing tragedies showing barely any emotional upset whatsoever? How do some people shine brilliantly at public speaking while others stumble with their words and seem on the verge of an anxiety attack? Why do some people sink into all-consuming depression when life has dealt them a poor hand, while in others it merely increases their resilience?