Saybrook University Alum's New Book Tells World: You Are Not Irrelevant

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A Saybrook University-trained psychologist has published a book to help people build resilience, and reclaim their sense of relevance in the world.

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While studying for his psychology PhD at Saybrook University, New York City accountant Eric Kreuter learned that almost anyone can turn their life around.

Kreuter worked with Rex, a former medical student whose life had taken a turn: at 59, Rex was receiving food stamps and living with his mother. But after only four months of weekly clinical work Kreuter, Rex was able to turn his life around for the better, and is now employed and helping to support his family.

What happened, Kreuter realized, is that he’d been able to help Rex build up his “resilience” - the characteristic that helps people bounce back from adversity. Often studied, resilience is not well understood. But Kreuter had learned something valuable about resilience, and how it’s built.

“One of the things Saybrook taught me is that bad results can happen when you treat people like lab rats,” Kreuter said. “The saybrook training led me not only to the case study methodology, but to the person-centered approach, viewing him as a unique human people, helping him find appropriate challenges, and encouraging him whenever he had a success, no matter how small.”

Now Kreuter’s written a book that shows how each of us can build up our own resilience to triumph over feelings of loss and irrelevance.

Fostering Resilience for Loss and Irrelevance explains different manifestations of loss of resilience, and how human adaptability can be enhanced through clinical, philosophical, and creative means. Kreuter looks at the role of societal pressure, influences on the construct of meaning, rehabilitating the psyche after a loss of relevance and expectations versus reality, as well as providing case studies on relevance and resilience and of building resilience through writing.

The book builds on the work of legendary psychologists such as Saybrook founder and faculty member Rollo May, as well as Erick Fromm, and Victor Frankl. It is poised to become another significant addition to the literature in humanistic psychology.

Fostering Resilience for Loss and Irrelevance is being published by Springer Science+Business Media and will be out in December.

Located in San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington, Saybrook University is the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and research. Saybrook offers advanced degrees in psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, leadership, and human science. For 40 years, Saybrook has empowered students to find their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook’s programs are deeply rooted in the humanistic tradition and a commitment to help students develop as whole people – mind, body, and spirit. Saybrook University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is also authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Authorization Act.

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