The basic idea of resilience is that it’s not the difficulties we’re faced with which are problematic, but rather the way we deal with them.
The term ‘resilience’ comes from physics and has solidly established itself in many different scientific fields. It describes the phenomenon of an object being able to withstand a great deal of pressure or stress without incurring damage, and to quickly reassume its original shape. A sponge is a demonstrative example – it can be squeezed together and afterwards it immediately returns to its original form. Resilience is about the ability to stay focused during stressful situations and to move ahead after setbacks, to make sense of difficult situations and to have an optimistic view of the future.
Scientific surveys suggest that resilience can be strongly influenced by our thinking and our actions. This means that everyone can strengthen this form of resistance – resilience is trainable!
Various studies have identified different resilience factors. Seven of the most well-known factors are as follows:
- Emotional Regulation: I can experience all feelings (negative and positive) and decide myself how they influence me. For instance, I’m able to cope with anger so that it doesn’t impair me.
- Impulse Control: I don’t have to always act on my initial impulses.
- Causal Analysis: I can recognize the underlying reasons for a situation and my own state of being and am honest with myself while doing so.
- Realistic Optimism: I firmly believe that things can take a turn for the better.
- Self-efficacy: I know that through my actions, I can help things take a turn for the better.
- Goal Orientation: I have a clear, realistic view of my goals and work towards them, I adjust them when necessary and I don’t let setbacks discourage me.
- Empathy: I can change my perspective and put myself in someone else’s situation.
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