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Resilience

I try not to post other people’s thoughts TOO often (and fail, continually…) but this one was too good to pass up.

My mother always told me I should have a more positive outlook on life.

Kitt O'Malley

RESILIENCE: THE SCIENCE OF MASTERING LIFE’S GREATEST CHALLENGES

by Dennis S. Charney, MD – Dean Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

RESILIENCE PRESCRIPTION

  1. Positive Attitude
    • Optimism is strongly related to resilience
    • Optimism is, in part, genetic but can be learned (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
    • Neurobiological Mechanisms: Reward circuits, converse of learned helplessness
  2. Cognitive Flexibility through Cognitive Reappraisal
    • Traumatic experiences can be re-evaluated by altering the perceived value and meaningfulness of the event
    • One can receive a benefit from stress and trauma: one can reframe, assimilate, accept and recover. These skills can be learned.
    • Failure is an essential ingredient for growth
    • Neurobiological Mechanisms: Memory Reconsolidation, Cognitive Control of Emotion, Memory Suppression
  3. Embrace a Personal Moral Compass
    • Develop a set of core beliefs that very few things can shatter
    • For many, faith in conjunction with strong religious and/or spiritual beliefs is associated with resilience
    • Altruism has been strongly related to resilience. Survivor Mission.

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