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Stress Less, Achieve More by Aimee Bernstein

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WHEN THINGS ARE BAD, ENVISION YOUR BEST

Extending Your Energy for High Performance and Creativity

Miracles happen not in opposition to nature but in opposition to what we know about nature.

—Saint Augustine

In 1959, at the age of sixty-five, the Catalan poet and professor Pedro Bach-y-Rita had a massive stroke that paralyzed half his face and body, leaving him unable to talk or walk. After four weeks of rehabilitation therapy—the standard treatment at that time—Pedro showed little progress. Medical experts told his sons, George, a medical student who later became a psychiatrist, and Paul, a physician who became a neuroscientist and rehabilitation therapist, that Pedro should be institutionalized. Instead, George took him home with him ...

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