Why are some People more Resilient than Others?

All of us possess the same fundamental stress-response system which has evolved over millions of years and which we share with other animals. So why do some people use this system more effectively than others?

Author Maria Konnikova explores resiliency in the article, “How People Learn to Become Resilient,” for The New Yorker. She follows several studies with children measuring their resiliency, especially children who have increased stress in their lives, like a boy who brought two pieces of bread with nothing in between every day for lunch but never let it phase him.

One of the studies show that resilient children are more likely to believe that they, and not their circumstances, affected their achievements. It is a fantastic lesson or reminder that we control our own fates, we balance our resiliency with our stress, and that resiliency can change over time.

George Bonanno, a clinical psychologist at Columbia University’s Teachers College says, “Events are not traumatic until we experience them as traumatic.” Are you looking at your life as a victim or taking on each event as a learning and growth opportunity?

Click here to view the article: “How People Learn to Become Resilient,” by Maria Konnikova for The New Yorker.

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