The Power of Suffering is psychologist David Roland’s personal investigation into the nature of human suffering. When our world is turned upside down, what does it do to us, how do we survive it, and, most importantly, how can we grow as a result? David takes the lived experience of eleven incredible people and follows them along each step of their journey from crisis through to acceptance and triumph. Within each story, David draws on his own experience of life-altering trauma and clinical research to offer insights we all can gain from.
Each life story examined is a moving testimony of the human spirit’s ability to rise and rise again – an executive tragically loses his family in a car crash and finds healing in the rehabilitation of wildlife, a teenage victim of domestic violence becomes a fierce advocate for abused women and brain-injured youth, a football superstar overcomes bigotry and dyslexia to forge a career in acting, a mother experiences the aching depth of love lost after her teenage child’s life is tragically cut short. These are but a few of the intimately told stories, all pointing to a path through the storm and beyond.
The Power of Suffering is a revelatory account of how the darkest night can lead to the most profound dawn.
Such a beautiful exploration of what suffering really is, and what growth can happen post trauma. This curious exploration of life could serve as an inspiring study for professional therapists in peer consultation who want to look deeper into vulnerability and compassion both in themselves and their clients. Bravo. (Leanne Rondeau)
David Roland brings insight, warmth and humour to his work as a writer, speaker and psychologist. He is a graduate with Honours in Science from the University of Sydney and he has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wollongong. He worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist for more than twenty years before focussing on writing and presenting. He is an Honorary Associate with the University Centre for Rural Health at the University of Sydney and a founding member of Compassionate Mind Australia.
David is the author of The Power of Suffering: growing through life crises, How I Rescued My Brain: a psychologist’s remarkable recovery from stroke and trauma and The Confident Performer. He is published in Best Australian Science Writing 2015 and has been featured in national and international publications, radio and television. He is a recipient of the Stroke Foundation’s Creative Award, 2015.
How I Rescued My Brain was shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award and was chosen as a prescription book by Reading Well and made available throughout libraries in the United Kingdom.