Did you know: resilience can be taught and improved?
Chris Peterson, one of the Positive Psychology forefathers defines it as “struggling well.” It’s our ability to bounce back and recover from difficulties.
According to research by Reivich and Shatte there are 7 factors to resilience and all are buildable.
Emotion regulation the ability to stay calm under pressure
Impulse control is the ability to control behavior, delay gratification and tolerate ambiguity
Self-efficacy or a sense of mastery
Reaching out which of course is about the social support we have
Empathy which is about reading other people's cues to their emotional states
Optimism which is a hope for the future and a belief that things can change for the better
Casual analysis which includes taking perspective and having Flexible thinking.
We will go into each of those but for now, here is a quote from Hara Estroff Marano’s article “The Art of Resilience”
Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art of living, but it has recently been subjected to the scrutiny of science. This much is known so far. At the heart of resilience is a belief in oneself—yet also a belief in something larger than oneself.
Resilient people do not let adversity define them. They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief by perceiving bad times as a temporary state of affairs.
Join the conversation below and let us know, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being very good) how resilient do you feel you are.
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