Well-Being & Coping with Life Stressors

Main published results include the following books: Coping Intelligence™ (2008); Psychology of Coping with Life Crises and Difficult Situations (3rd ed., 2004), Phenomenology of Everyday Psychology (4th ed., 2008), as well as Psychomics®: Coping Literacy through Visual Metaphors (in preparation).

Scientific Editorship

Elena Dr. Elena Libin is a life-long co-author and a research partner.  Elena is currently an Affiliated Research Faculty Member, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and a WeLL Program Co-Director, and a an independent writer in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA. She developed a unique methodology for studying coping and defense strategies people use in trying times. Working for more than 25 years as individual and group counselor, psychotherapist, and educator, she created an original concept of coping literacy and psychological culture focused on nonclinical management of psychological problems. Elena is an author and co-author 13 books, and more than 100 articles in scientific journal, newspapers, and popular media including


Coping Intelligence™: Integrated Approach to Coping with Life Difficulties

Elena Libin, PhD. Coping Intelligence

Existing studies on coping with stress and life difficulties are very contradictory. Traditional approaches, while identifying cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of coping, often confuse the modality of the strategy with its functionality and outcome. This conceptual drawback presents quite a few challenges to the study of efficient and inefficient strategies. Perception of the incongruence between modalities (cognitive, emotional, or behavioral) of a particular strategy and its functionality or organizational efforts (efficient vs. inefficient) hinders the development of an integrated methodology for a generalized coping process and the design of an adequate assessment instrument. The absence of general principles for classification of efficient and inefficient coping poses methodological as well as  practical difficulties  in  their  diagnostics  and differentiation, thereby causing additional obstacles in the systematic study of this important phenomenon. The newly developed concept named Coping Intelligence™ suggests the use of cross-cutting parameters to facilitate  the unified classification of inefficient (also known as defensive) and efficient coping strategies. Coping Intelligence™: multidimensional  model for measuring  efficient  and inefficient strategies for managing everyday life difficulties read more….

Psychomics®: Coping Literacy through Visual Metaphors

Elena-Libin_Psychomics_CoverThis book offers a collection of humorous psychological classifications or psycomics that are very easy to comprehend, entertaining to read and simple to use. PSYCOMICSÔ is written specially for those who are interested to try on the role of the great detective, Sherlock Holmes and to exercise the advantages of the deductive method. Who has not been tempted by the opportunity to solve the puzzles of love defeats, to sort out a mess of family battles, to tear apart a chain of life hazards and break off the visiouse circle of misfortunes? To achieve all of this, there is no need to ball the willpower into a tight fist to fight all weaknesses.One can get to the bottom of the problems in an easier way by looking at self and others through a magnifying glass of comic.

The cross-cuting idea of psycomics is to guide us in a journey through the tangles of naïve psychology revealing those crafty ways we use to fool ourselves and mislead others.Why naïve psychology? The naive interpretations are somewhat similar to children’s assumptions, marked primarily by a mix of illusion and reality in which realistic facts and fictional perceptions are bound so closely together that they are rather tricky to separate. To read more….