Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Importance of Resilience in Light of World Events

Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. 
Resilience involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that 
can be learned and developed in anyone.
~ The National Institute of Mental Health

May people have expressed concern that the death of Osama Bin Laden could increase the threat of a domestic attack. How well one will weather the aftermath of another attack on our nation depends on the strength of one's resilience.

Resilience, as defined by the American Psychological Association, is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress. It is the ability to ‘bounce back’ to homeostasis after a disruption in our lives.

Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. Rather, resilience involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. Research on resilience has also shown us that people who cannot deal with their emotions, fear in particularly, may become more narrow-minded and rigid in their view of the themselves and their place in the world.

Building a resilience plan may reduce the frequency and intensity of post-traumatic stress disorders and other health problems that occur after a national or a personal disaster, allowing those affected to recover more quickly and completely.

To get a snapshot of how resilient you are, think back to September 11, 2001.  Recall how you felt in the hours, days, and weeks following those horrific events.
  • Did you find yourself glued to the news channels throughout that day, and the days that followed? How did you feel watching the news?
  • How safe did you feel?
  • Did you participate in any religious or community memorial services?
  • Did you drink more alcohol, smoke more, or start smoking cigarettes since the attacks?
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Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.

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*Excerpt from Live A Flourishing Life

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