Manifesting Your Best Future Self by Dr. Peter Gruenewald, MD educates its readers on how to become calmer, more positive versions of themselves through a method called adaptive resilience. Gruenewald begins by defining
adaptive resilience and how it can help to transform negative feelings into positive ones, ultimately aiding one to maximize their potential without being stressed out. He went on to explain several skills and easy instructions, including breathing exercises and how to have honest conversations with oneself, which will help the reader in their adaptive resilience journey.
Even though this is a short book of just over a hundred pages, it is not a quick read at all. Its content is supposed to be slowly read, understood, and internalized. It features information that you may think is common knowledge, but it explains all with a fresh perspective. For example, I always knew that it’s important to remain positive and that my thoughts have an effect on my relationship with others, but I never knew that something as simple as breathing could help transform my life. This is a book that helps mostly with psychological awareness; people looking for a more holistic method to living better, including physical fitness, medical care, and so on, should read other books along with this one.
The author presented his methods in a very simple manner while remaining professional and backing it up with several pieces of research. The author’s steps were so easy that I resolved to incorporate them into my daily life. I got even more confident in the author’s words after finding out, at the end of the book, that he is a professional and works as an “Honorary Clinical Specialist in Sleep Medicine and General Medicine for the University College London
University.” At some points, Gruenewald’s explanations got a bit complicated, but he was always quick to follow up with a simpler definition of the whole thing.
I found nothing to dislike about this book. I could relate to everything the author wrote. When the author wrote about the nervous system, including the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), I couldn’t believe how much I could relate to the information. It felt like the author had gone into my mind, understood the symptoms of stress I have, and explained it better than I ever could. Gruenewald also included case studies, which are brief stories of individuals that have used the adaptive resilience method; my favorite was Tom’s story. The stories made the steps feel genuine and effective.
I didn’t find any errors, but I did notice abnormal spacing between some words. Nevertheless, I think this book’s editing was great. In the end, the writer included references that also had links to various studies, which would be helpful to a reader who would like to research further. Because of the immense benefit of this book, I recommend it to everyone. Young adults will also be able to understand most of it.
My rating is, deservedly, 4 out of 4 stars. Know that in reading this piece, you’re going to have tough conversations with yourself, but you’ll come out feeling smooth and shiny.