13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do


As a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor, and psychotherapist, Amy Morin has seen countless people choose to succeed despite facing enormous challenges. That resilience inspired her to write “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do”, a web post that instantly went viral, and was picked up by the Forbes website.

Morin's post focused on the concept of mental strength, how mentally strong people avoid negative behaviors--feeling sorry for themselves, resenting other people's success, and dwelling on the past. Instead, they focus on the positive to help them overcome challenges and become their best.

In this inspirational, affirmative book, Morin expands upon her original message, providing practical strategies to help readers avoid the thirteen common habits that can hold them back from success. Combining compelling anecdotal stories with the latest psychological research, she offers strategies for avoiding destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors common to everyone.

Like physical strength, mental strength requires healthy habits, exercise, and hard work. Morin teaches you how to embrace a happier outlook and arms you to emotionally deal with life's inevitable hardships, setbacks, and heartbreaks--sharing for the first time her own poignant story of tragedy, and how she summoned the mental strength to move on. As she makes clear, mental strength isn't about acting tough; it's about feeling empowered to overcome life's challenges.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)


This is a book that is not “fun” per say, but it’s a book that would be valuable for everyone to read.  In the book I found quite a few things that prompted thinking and made me reconsider some of my actions.  Morin talked about common habits people fall into that handicap their progress and poison their relationships.  While I did not find all thirteen items relevant, I do believe it’s one of the books that everyone would find something valuable in.  I would highly recommend it to anyone who is feeling stagnation in their lives or like they’re not quite sure what they want to do next.  I think this book can help you recognize where you need to make changes and how to take the next steps!

The two items that I found the most relevant to myself were “Number 2: They Don’t Give Their Power Away” and “Number 5: They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone”.  See a list of the “13 Things” and my thoughts in my news post here.

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of TLC Book Tours.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Everyone can learn something from this book, but particularly folks who feel like they have stagnation in their life!

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