In our culture, there’s this idea that enduring a tragedy can be good for your personal growth. You’ll have a newfound appreciation for life. You’ll be grateful for your friends and family. You’ll learn from the experience. You’ll become more resilient. This theme appears in media coverage, time and again, in the wake of natural… Read more

How To Build Resilience

In cognitive behavioral therapy, building resilience is a matter of mindfully changing basic behaviors and thought patterns.[1] The first step is to change the nature of self-talk. Self-talk is the internal monologue people have that reinforce beliefs about the person’s self-efficacy and self-value. To build resilience, the person needs to eliminate negative self-talk, such as… Read more

Studies show that there are several factors which develop and sustain a person’s resilience: The ability to make realistic plans and being capable of taking the steps necessary to follow through with them Confidence in one’s strengths and abilities Communication and problem-solving skills The ability to manage strong impulses and feelings Resilience is negatively correlated… Read more