'The purpose of this book is to show you how to acquire the 'psychological muscle' to cope with the vicissitudes of life in such a way that virtually nothing can floor you. No we're not aiming to make you insensitive, or to kid you that pain doesn't exist. In all probability you will, from time to time, continue to experience disappointments and frustrations, and suffer the pain of grief, sadness and sorrow as everyone else. The world is certainly no rose garden.
What we do maintain, is that with the right mental attitude you can take most of the sting out of pain, when occasionally some personal misfortune knocks you off your perch, or life gives you a rough time.
We intend to help you develop a way of thinking about yourself and the world around you that, if you work at it, will enable you to cope more effectively with your life when the going gets tougher than you would have thought possible.'
Windy Dryden & Jack Gordon