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

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Cracked Eggs Create a Crack Team

Stories shape us. Exploring the stories from your life offers undreamed insights, because when stories lie together, they grow a tangle of roots.
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Healing the Most Important Relationship In Your Life

If you had a choice, what would you rather be feeling right now?

Real Lasting Change

The Resilience Regiment talks to Jennifer Cusack of Balance Treatment Center

Are Resilient People Delusional?

By Nick Tasler on March 22, 2017 in Strategic Thinking
Research shows that the people who most successfully overcome setbacks feel in control of their environment. But isnt that belief an illusion?

My Meetings in Vancouver—this one with Tony Robbins

By Stanton Peele on March 21, 2017 in Addiction in Society
We are forever caught in this dilemma in our psychological theory and practice -- trauma as a lifelong cross we bear, resilience and optimism as our guiding lights.

5 Exercises That Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

A strong mind will take you far in life. Here's how to exercise your brain.

A Single Act of Amnesty: the Heart of Com-passion

By Gregg Levoy on March 20, 2017 in Passion!
Passion comes from a word meaning "to suffer," and compassion means shared suffering. As with last month’s post, this month's features a second story about the power of com-passion
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Safe Spaces Can Be Dangerous

By Liz Swan Ph.D. on March 20, 2017 in College Confidential
What's so safe about "safe" spaces? They prevent students from growing and adapting which is, in fact, really scary.

How to Have a Happy Day

How- and why- to be happier. 3 tips to greater happiness in your life.
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The Best Way to Help Your Child Transition to College

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on March 18, 2017 in Off the Couch
College acceptances and rejections are coming in. How parents respond can help or hinder adolescents in the developmental task of transitioning from home to college.

Mistakes Don't Have to Be Setbacks: 3 Ways to be Resilient

It’s never pleasant to make mistakes but they don't have to ruin your life. New research on resilience shows 3 ways to keep little things that go wrong from becoming a big deal.
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When Is Reimagining the Past a Sign of Emotional Health?

By Barb Cohen on March 17, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
For counterfactual thinking to be functionally beneficial, we need a coherent story of cause and effect that makes us an essential actor in the story.

A Blended Approach to Health

The Resilience Regiment speaks to Sierra Tucson

The Sustaining Fires of Standing Rock: A Movement Grows

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in Dangerous Ideas
Oil profiteers have awakened a movement that combines a commitment to addressing the trampled rights of Native Americans with a reinvigorated call for climate justice.

Do You Worry?

Worry is an ordinary part of human experience: a protection from danger, a sign that we care, and a struggle to face the inevitable uncertainties of life.
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Where Are the Trustworthy Leaders?

By Tara Well Ph.D. on March 16, 2017 in The Clarity
Trustworthy leaders aren’t always easy to spot. Research reveals some not so obvious qualities to look for.

Forecasting Happiness

How do we know what will make us happy? Psychologist Daniel Gilbert’s insights on happiness.

Has Love Disappointed You?

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Rediscovering Love
Learn how to understand about who you have been, who you are now, what you have to offer, and what you need in return.

10 Ways to Make it Through Your Life’s Transitions

We are all, perhaps, creatures of habit so when we’re forced to change, it can be tough. Using these 10 tips, you’ll be able to handle whatever changes life throws your way.

The Transient Hypofrontality Edge

"Transient hypofrontality" is an elegant term to describe the possible mechanism for why running and other physical activity can alter our thought processes.

Connecting With Teens So They Can Thrive and Ultimate

The Resilience Regiment speaks with The Lotus Collaborative
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Why We Shouldn’t Fear Failure

Why We Shouldn’t Fear Failure. Sometimes success requires not getting it right the first time. By Philip J. Rosenbaum, Ph.D.

Can a Friendship Survive Major Political Disagreement?

Can friends stay friends when they disagree about politics? Here's how strategies like self-determination, curiosity, and respect can help you keep your friendships intact.

The Challenges of Clinical Practice in Turbulent Times

Can mindfulness help us stay sane in turbulent times? Even some humorous metaphors can guide us

Psychology of "Logan"

Does Logan suffer from PTSD? Finding meaning after trauma.

How I Learned to Stop Whining and Why It Was a Great Lesson

It took me a long time to realize “vulnerable,” "insecure" and “adorable” were not the same thing. Whining is not attractive. I had to learn that and it was a good lesson.

Check Yourself (Again): More Mental Health Blunders

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Insight Therapy
A previous post listed several mental health errors that may hinder psychological well-being. But wait, there’s more…

The Marshmallow Myth

By Nick Tasler on March 09, 2017 in Strategic Thinking
New research suggests that delayed gratification is overrated.

Photography Documenting Mental Illness Draws Criticism

Through her project, feelings of pain and hurt that Melissa held toward her mother were gone, and she found herself feeling greater empathy, acknowledging her mother's illness.

Constructive Discomfort

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in Anxiety Files
Practicing discomfort can help you achieve the goals that are important to you. But it means doing things that you don’t want to do.