How People Learn to be Resilient (New Yorker)

People can be taught to see trauma as a challenge

In a past article for New Yorker, writer Maria Konnikova explores the research on resilience — why some children have it, why some children lose it, and how some people learn the skills of resilience even if they weren’t particularly good copers when they were little.

All of us have a stress-response system, but some of us use it more effectively than others. This might come down to how people frame traumatic or stressful events. If you see trauma as a challenge rather than as an adversity, you are better positioned to deal with it. This and other positive responses can be taught, and the training seems to stick.

“We’ve taken to using the term [resilience] sloppily — but our sloppy usage doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been usefully and precisely defined,” Konnikova writes. Read the article.

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