All About Resilience

Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on.

Recent posts on Resilience

Why Would Daredevil Say Sight is Overrated?

Is it really possible for eyesight to be a hindrance? If so, when and why?

Nine Ways to Get Emotionally Stronger

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on October 21, 2017 in Emotional Fitness
There may come a time in your life when your emotions have been depleted, and you need to find ways to recharge yourself.

Go With the Flaw

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on October 21, 2017 in Wander Woman
The moment you realize you made a mistake and feel stupid, whipped, or embarrassed, you can be powerful. Learn how to master your mind before you beat yourself up.

Against “Evil”

By Madelon Sprengnether on October 20, 2017 in Minding Memory
Can we abandon the rhetoric of “evil” to express our deep concern over the increasing incidence of mass shootings and focus on how to prevent them?
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Change How You Define Yourself and Change Your Life

By Jeff Corbin, MD MPH on October 20, 2017 in Rethinking Normal
Develop the life you want, despite your illness.

7 Strengths for 7 Stressors of Today

You don't need a cape to be a superhero.
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Claiming Our Gay 'Heroic Legacy' in LGBT History Month

By John-Manuel Andriote on October 19, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
Gay men's heroism in the AIDS years redefined what "gay" means. It's up to each of us to claim the power of the legacy for ourselves.
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To Forgive or Not to Forgive

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
If you don’t learn from unavoidable suffering, then your life becomes meaningless.

The Absolute Best Way to Start Your Happiness Journey

Are you ready to jumpstart your happiness. Here's some tips for getting started on the right foot.

The Kilgrave Effect: Why People Don't Report Their Rapists

By Janina Scarlet Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in The Real Superheroes
Recently the surge of the #MeToo hashtag made people wonder about why many of the sexual assault survivors do not report their perpetrators.

Bitter Sweet

By Sophie Sabbage on October 18, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
There are days when gratitude and grief walk hand-in-hand.
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When Life is No Longer an Endless Upward Slope

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in This Is America
Although there may be no clear and compelling solutions to midlife crises, there are ways in which we can sort through some of the apprehensions and angst of adulthood.
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Recovering from an "Act of Pure Evil"

After the unthinkable happens, how do we get our lives back together?

Don't Lose What You Have to What You Have Lost

By Lucy C Hone Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Resilient Grieving
While research shows the benefits of focusing on the good, gratitude is rarely spoken of during bereavement. Time for a change, says Lucy Hone.

Acute American Anxiety (AAA) Disorder: A New Diagnosis?

Serious stress, anxiety, and fear are in the air and seem pervasive in our country and culture with symptoms seemingly getting worse by the day. But we can cope better if we try.

5 Reasons Fear of Failure Sustains Toxic Love

There is far greater risk in holding onto unhappy relationships that do not meet an individual’s needs than there is in moving on. Five reasons fear of failure keeps people stuck.
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Good Citizens Needed to Support People With Mental Illness

By David Susman, Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in The Recovery Coach
Want to make a difference in the lives of those with mental illness? Here are several easy options to consider.

Field Notes: On Witnessing

What are the different ways we tell stories of illness and trauma and why does it matter?
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Building on Blindness

By Elizabeth Young on October 15, 2017 in Adaptations
"Going blind," Willa says, "I fear I may become invisible."

Vagus Nerve Facilitates Guts, Wits, and Grace Under Pressure

By Christopher Bergland on October 15, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
There are dozens of easy ways to engage your vagus nerve that can inhibit "fight, flight, or freeze" stress responses, lower anxiety, and give you enough guts to seize the day.

Mayim Bialik Misses the Mark in New York Times Op-Ed

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on October 14, 2017 in The Web of Violence
Dressing modestly is no magic shield against sexual assault.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene: 7

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Notwithstanding the uniqueness of human beings, a focus on the broadest timescale of analysis reminds us that evolution unites Homo sapiens with all other living systems.
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A Short Walk a Day

By Robert Wicks Psy.D. on October 13, 2017 in The Resilient Life
The balance between compassion for others and self-care.

A Key Strategy Used to Accept a Mental Health Problem

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on October 12, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Lessons from research on resilience among transgender and gender diverse people

Why It's Hard to Let Go of Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

There's a good chance you developed self-limiting beliefs during childhood that you're still holding onto. Research explains why it's so hard to recognize your capabilities.

What Makes Families Resilient?

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Between Cultures
How do families turn adversity into a catalyst for growth? Insights from research on family resilience.

Alice Hoffman Talks About New Book: "The Rules of Magic"

By Jennifer Haupt on October 10, 2017 in One True Thing
"No matter what, love more and not less. I didn’t realize that’s what the message of this book was until the end."

How to Train Your Brain to Think Differently

Studies show you can physically change your brain by changing the way you think. Here are three strategies that will train your brain to think differently.

Why You Should Come Out For National Coming Out Day 10/11

By John-Manuel Andriote on October 10, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
Coming out as gay is personal and political. It's also a powerful boost for your health.