Resilience is defined in psychology as the capacity to cope with stress, traumatic events and adversity. There has been a tremendous amount of research on this subject with respect to Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami, Haitian earthquake and Chilean miners in terms of predicting who would thrive and who would struggle after these horrendous disasters.
My own experience when dealing with Hurricane Katrina/Rita victims leads me to realize that you can’t predict the psychological survivors or psychological victims based on education, wealth, intelligence or material success in life. More interestingly, I found that survivors shared the following non-quantifiable to traits:
Faith: A belief in Something Bigger, whether it was God, family, a higher power or a cause that they believed in.
Hope: A belief that no matter how bleak things are at the present, they had an optimism that it would get better.
Love: Whether it was an individual, family or group, feelings of love toward and from others.