A set of skills, not a disposition or personality.
training for resilience can change the brain to, well, make it
"with a little practice, anyone can develop resilience,
says Southwick, 67, a professor of psychiatry at the Yale
School of Medicine."
It can be cultivated by forcing people out of their comfort
Dr. Dennis did so by dragging along his children on "semi-dangerous"
adventure trips such as a kayaking trip with his son Alex: It rained the
entire time, the life jackets didn't fit and they had to share a
broken-ruddered boat for 12-mile runs every day.
to not only get
times but to
"Just as rubber rebounds after being squeezed or squished,
so do resilient people."
people bounce back from difficult
experiences--- both those they seek out and
those that blindside them--- while others
don't fare quite so well.
there are lots of ways to intervene
so that stress or trauma doesn't
Resilience can help us with stress.
"humans get stressed
far more than they
"The vast majority of us will
be faced with one or more
major traumatic stressors
during a lifetime," says
stresses also take a toll
nearly all our modern ills, including heart disease
and possibly even brain disorders like Alzheimer's
disease, have stress as a common risk factor
"Resilience training can help people to deal effectively with
chronic disease and improve their quality of life," says Charney.
"It helps people cope."
The latest science shows that if you train your brain, how
you act under pressure can, in large part, be up to you.
"anyone could train him - or herself to be more resilient"
Ways/factors to cultivate resilience:
tight-knit community, stable role model,
strong belief in their ability to solve
people thrive in the
aftermath of adversity
For resilience, there's not one
prescription that works. Find what
works for you. --- Dr. Dennis Charney
Very few highly
are strong in
need support. --- Dr. Steven Southwick
To measure how resilient you are,
consider how you react to things that
don't go your way/stress.
What causes stress: social pain(rejection
and loneliness), fear, everyday stressors
like worrying about the future or fretting
about the past
Resilient people can appropriately regulate the
fear circuits in their brain under a stressful
environment. They do not reinforce the fear
circuit and instead build and strengthen different
connections, developing a new response to
How to become more resilient: face your
fears, develop an ethical code to guide
daily decisions, have a strong network of
social support, exercise as it develops
new neurons which help with dealing
"When people are exposed to a stressor in a
lab, their heart rate and blood pressure don't
go up quite as much if a friend is in the room
as they do if they're alone."
"Marines who trained
returned to baseline
levels of heart rate and
breathing rate faster
than those who hadn't
"They also showed a lower
activation in the region of the
brain associated with
emotional reactions. By the
end of training, their brains
actually looked more
becoming tougher has
everything to do with
tuning into the mind
changes how the brain
looks as well as how it