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German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) said, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Nietzsche saw people as capable of managing their own destiny. He didn’t see them as passive entities who couldn’t challenge fate. Psychologist and neuroscientist Ian Robertson reports that recent research backs Nietzsche’s position. If you wish to overcome adversity you must believe that you can. Robertson draws on his professional experience plus advances in neuroscience and psychology to offer a compendium of case histories that add up to a hopeful, inspiring message. getAbstract recommends his report to those responsible for employee welfare or those who’d like insight into their own ability to meet challenges.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How new research changes older views about the relationship between the mind and body, and
  • How your attitude affects your ability to deal with challenges.

About the Author

Ian Robertson is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist. His previous books include Mind Sculpture, The Mind’s Eye and The Winner Effect.



The Brain and the Mind 

In the book Twilight of the Idols – one of the few volumes available when author Ian Robertson taught in a small town in Fiji – Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” He saw people as capable of managing their destiny. He didn’t see them as passive beings who are helpless or unable to challenge or reverse their fate.

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