• The Undefeated Mind

  • On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self
  • By: Alex Lickerman
  • Narrated by: Phil Holland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-25-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.4 (551 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Legions of self-help authors rightly urge personal development as the key to happiness, but they typically fail to focus on its most important objective: hardiness. Though that which doesn't kill us can make us stronger, as Nietzsche tells us, few authors today offer any insight into just how to springboard from adversity to strength.
It doesn't just happen automatically, and it takes practice. New scientific research suggests that resilience isn't something with which only a fortunate few of us have been born, but rather something we can all take specific action to develop. To build strength out of adversity, we need a catalyst. What we need, according to Dr. Alex Lickerman, is wisdom - wisdom that adversity has the potential to teach us.
Lickerman's underlying premise is that our ability to control what happens to us in life may be limited, but we have the ability to establish a life-state to surmount the suffering life brings us. The Undefeated Mind distills the wisdom we need to create true resilience into nine core principles, including:


A new definition of victory and its relevance to happiness
The concept of the changing of poison into medicine
A way to view prayer as a vow we make to ourselves.
A method of setting expectations that enhances our ability to endure disappointment and minimizes the likelihood of quitting
An approach to taking personal responsibility and moral action that enhances resilience
A process for managing pain - both physical and emotional - that enables us to push through obstacles that might otherwise prevent us from attaining our goals
A method of leveraging our relationships with others that helps us manifest our strongest selves
Through stories of patients who have used these principles to overcome suffering caused by unemployment, unwanted weight gain, addiction, rejection, chronic pain, retirement, illness, loss, and even death, Dr. Lickerman shows how we too can make these principles function within our own lives, enabling us to develop for ourselves the resilience we need to achieve indestructible happiness. At its core, The Undefeated Mind urges us to stop hoping for easy lives and focus instead on cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have.
©2012 Alex Lickerman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Sigurd on 08-05-14

Excellent Book

Would you listen to The Undefeated Mind again? Why?

Yes. The book contains many Gold Nuggets based on scientific research as well as best therapeutic practice. I am a psychologist and hypnotherapist and many of the techniques and theories Dr. Lickerman uses in his practice is very relevant to my private practice as well. Thank you Dr. Alex Lickerman for writing this book. Cand Psychol Sigurd Stubsjøen

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By kisa on 04-23-13

Not what I expected but...

If you could sum up The Undefeated Mind in three words, what would they be?

I downloaded this book because after ordering a bunch of books on amazon on fitness and crossfit this book was recommended to me. So I guess I was expecting it to be a book about learning how to condition your mind to be tuff, in the sense of pushing your self towards goals and through really hard work outs or even pain or injury. Instead it ended up being a book more broad in nature, focused more on everyday problems and a few life changing type events.

What did you like best about this story?

There was a section on "finding your mission" that I liked and also a section on "negative thoughts" that have stuck with me on almost a daily basis.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator delivery is a bit...i dont know how to explain it...it seems to lack almost any emotion. Not as bad as a computerized voice...but sometimes it seemed close.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book on my lunch hours while taking walks.

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20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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By Ms. L. Chalkley on 05-08-16

The Latest Neuropsychology in Well Told Tales

Well this book proved to be a delight and a surprise. I live with a bunch of chronic health conditions and enjoy listening to quite a few Buddhist teachers - I basically have to keep re-selling myself the value in sticking with mindfulness. Not being able to get out to practice with others, books are great - and they are a warm hearted alternative to the news while cooking or otherwise stuck in the house.

The author of this book is a Nichiren Buddhist and they chant, rather than do the mindfulness and compassion exercises that I practice. I initially thought, oh, this won't be so helpful in terms of keeping me motivated. Boy was I wrong. I'm really glad I gave the book a chance and kept listening. The guy is also an excellent doctor and a fantastic story teller.

Each chapter outlines a type of challenge and a 'solution' to the challenge. The stories are told as vignettes - a patient comes in and we get into a good story about what ails him and how the author and patient move towards a resolution. The stories are peppered with the latest in evidence based psychology research as well as the latest physical treatments. The author tells a good tale against himself when it's relevant, as in admitting to subconsciously withdrawing from a patient when chronic pain treatment failed.

Although the themes for resilience are as old as time, such as grieving, acceptance, reframing, this book provides a fresh take. Combining the latest science with nichiren philosophy and personal warmth and honesty creates an engaging listen, and real hope and encouragement from the stories of success as other people overcome hardship and despair. I really value this book as I've already had new information, from the professionals treating someone with chronic pain, that are entirely original to me and have helped give me confidence and energy to move forward.

I have found the narration a little too fast at times and have had to use the rewind button a lot. Not too much of a problem though, and common to me in books heavy on fact.

This book is worth it's weight in gold to me, the style and the telling really suit and facts bound up in stories are really helping me to absorb the material. This is one that I'll keep coming back to.



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By MR on 07-15-15

Highly recommend

Really well put together and thought out audiobook. Fantastic examples of potential obstacles that life can sometimes throw our way and how we can turn experiences into strengths or "poison into medicine". Having had a pretty rough year having dealt with several issues all at once I have found this book really helpful

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By Sharen on 04-19-15

Beautiful and enlightening

I loved this book, it gave me insight into many things and insight into an estranged family member connection that debilitates me. So I continue to endure disputed her discouragement and always keep trying to reconnect with her. The narrator was wonderful and soothing, thank you
sharen ryan

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