Book Review: Supernormal, by Meg Jay, PhD

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Supernormal is defined as ‘exceeding or beyond the normal or average’.

Supernormal: Childhood Adversity and the Untold Story of Resilience, written by clinical psychologist and author Meg Jay, PhD, takes a profound look at how one can survive and thrive after experiencing childhood adversity. Jay delves into what turns misfortune into resilience by writing powerful accounts of hundreds of clients that she has helped over the past two decades.

Jay inspires the reader, describing real people who have risen above terrible circumstances and misfortune. She tackles a heavy topic with an engaging style, explaining both the clinical science behind resilience and profoundly capturing real stories of both celebrities and everyday people. She writes with a style that is succinct and relatable to all readers. You find yourself walking alongside the remarkable individuals portrayed, rooting for their success, and you’re left with a feeling of encouragement and hope.

Jay explains how those who have suffered adversity before the age of 20 years, whether it be through divorce, abuse, neglect or any experience of childhood trauma, often become adults who can handle anything. Jay describes these individuals as Superheroes who develop super powers and, with their resilience, often display characteristics of heroism and bravery. They become Supermen in an everyday world and rise above circumstances and events through courage and determination.

In this crucial study of resilience, Jay also looks at the cost to those who have experienced above average hardship and how, even after suffering, one can evolve into a successful adult, no matter the trauma encountered.

Supernormal is an exceptional, intriguing and powerful read. This is a must read for those who have experienced hardship throughout their childhood, and those who are interested in how one can overcome adversity and beat the odds.

Reviewed by Chelsea Filmer

Rating out of 10:  8

Distributed by: Allen & Unwin
Released: March 2018
RRP: $44.99

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Supernormal is an exceptional, intriguing and powerful read. This is a must read for those who have experienced hardship throughout their childhood, and those who are interested in how one can overcome adversity and beat the odds.

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