You’ve probably already noticed that, in the face of adversity, some people seem naturally stronger or calmer than others. Some can, for example, overcome serious violence or a natural disaster. Others can cope with simultaneous shocks, such as the grief of a loved one and the loss of a job. Despite this, these people are able to make sense of what they have experienced, and then get back on their feet and be able to lead a full and meaningful life.
Many researchers have focused on the factors that enable certain individuals or communities to bounce back positively from a major shock. They have highlighted the concept of resilience, which is the ability to adapt to a traumatic event and then continue to develop normally.
Research shows that two essential elements help build resilience:
- What a person possesses (their individual and collective resources)
- What a person thinks (their way of thinking or their mindset)
Research also establishes that resilience is a process that can be broken down into several stages. And the good news is that we can develop our resilience! In this guide, we provide you with a process to assess how you react to adversity, and to identify what tangible levers you can use to strengthen your own resilience.
- You experience a shock in your professional or personal life, and you would like to better understand the reactions and emotions it causes inside you.
- You feel the desire to implement actions to activate your resilience and regain control over your life.
- Follow the approach provided in this guide:
- Assess your condition before the shock
- Understand the shock and name your reactions
- Identify resilience boosters that you can activate
- Take stock and seize opportunities
Note: Coping with a traumatic event is rarely easy. Make sure you give yourself enough time and demonstrate authenticity and compassion for yourself by following the suggested approach. This is not a substitute for seeking help from a psychologist or health care professional.
TO LEARN MORE
UNGAR, Michael. ResilienceResearchCentre : https://resilienceresearch.org/whatworks/
CYRULNIK, Boris. Un merveilleux malheur.Paris, Odile Jacob, 1999