Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor, and psychotherapist. She is the only person in the psychology industry who is talking about mental strength on a global level. She lives in Enfield, Maine.
About 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
When Morin was twenty three years old and lost her mother suddenly to a brain aneurysm, she allowed herself to grieve and eventually set herself on a path of healing – using many of the skills she gave to her own clients. Three short years later, however, she lost her husband to a heart attack. Grief, again, overwhelmed her – but, with time, it got better. Then, seven years later, after finding love again, when her new husband’s father ran out of treatment options for an aggressive cancer, it changed everything.
Opening up for the very first time about her personal struggles, Morin reveals how thinking about her father-in-law’s death forced a very real “aha” moment for her. “I sat at the table thinking about how unfair it was, hard it was going to be, and how much I wanted things to be different,” she writes. But she knew that if she let herself fall into the trap of thinking that her situation was worse than anyone else’s, or if she convinced herself that she couldn’t handle another loss by agonizing over something beyond her control, she would never heal.
It was at that moment that Morin sat down and wrote her now internationally-known viral blog post, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” – based on the 13 Things and habits that could hold her back from navigating personal loss, if she allowed them to take hold of her – and posted it on her personal blog and on Lifehack. It resonated so much with readers that it was picked up by Forbes.com, where it received roughly 10 million views in a few weeks.
Now, for the first time, Morin shares her inspirational backstory and expands upon the 13 Things from her viral post. Sharing her tried-and-true practices for increasing mental strength, in 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, Morin shares how to fortify your mental muscle and drastically improve the quality of your life. “Developing mental strength,” she writes, “is about improving your ability to regulate your emotions, manage your thoughts, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances.”