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Refers to the ability to bounce back after a traumatic event or encountering difficulty. Like a resilient material returning to shape.
Adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and significant sources of stress such as family & relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stresses.
Fluid process that varies in situation, age, etc.

Resilience Factors

  1. realtistic optimism
  2. facing fear
  3. moral compass
  4. religion & spirituality
  5. social support
  6. resilient role models
  7. physical fitness
  8. brain fitness
  9. cognitive & emotional flexibility
  10. meaning & purpose
Attend to own health & well-being.
Resilience is a choice.


Belief in a brighter future.
Blind optimism doesn't work.
Optimism & positive expectation promote active striving while pessimism is associated with feelings of weakness and helplessness...
  1. Broaden Attention and build resources
  2. Cope with stress by actively employing problem solving
  3. More likely to report lives are meaningful
Optimists may be less likely to have PTSD effects and better physical health.

Optimists tend to describe things as temporary rather than 'always, never.' Optimistic people tend to have an internal locus of control

Genetic make-up is not our destiny for optimism.

Ways to build optimism

  1. Remember difficulties wont last forever
  2. Keep the adverse situation within its limits.
  3. Think of strengths & resources to help you deal with the problem
  4. Notice what is good
  5. When something good happens - give yourself credit, feel grateful, get the most out of it.
  6. Ask questions to yourself to refute negative thoughts (Is this a better way to look at this?)

  1. Self CBT
  2. Supportive -

Expressive therapy (Talking thru the difficult..)

Physical Activity


  1. American Psychological Association
  2. Resilience - The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges. Southwick & Charney. Book
  1. Guarnera & Williams. 1987 Optimism and locus of control for health and affiliation among elderly adults.
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