Per Wikipedia, psychological resiliency is defined as: an individual’s tendency to cope with stress and adversity. This coping may result in the individual “bouncing back” to a previous state of normal functioning, or simply not showing negative effects. Would you believe me if I told you that you are a resilient person? And that most of us have resilient-related qualities within us? I didn’t always believe this. I’d look around and notice how crippled some people were after experiencing tragedy whereas others overcame it and grew stronger and wiser from it. In college, I researched this topic for a paper because I was curious. The findings were controversial with vary definitions of resiliency. However, one finding I read that was interesting was that humans are quite resilient after experiencing adversity. Research found that if individuals were encouraged during these hard times, they would bounce back without too much help. Further, the research also found that sometimes intervention (assuming the person isn’t as resilient) can hinder their natural tendency to be resilient. This means there isn’t always a need to provide counseling or additional “helping” resources. Interesting, right? In other words, there may be a survivor in you! And another way to look at it is realizing that you can encourage someone to discover and utilize their resiliency when going through adversity. How powerful would that outcome be? For an individual to discover that they are made of strength and have the resources within them to overcome hard times. This is surely something to think about.
Have you thought or read about this topic before too? What did you learn?