Resilience for Today: Gaining Strength from Adversity

Resilience for Today: Gaining Strength from Adversity

Resilience for Today: Gaining Strength from Adversity

Resilience for Today: Gaining Strength from Adversity

Synopsis

The increased bombardment of information on the world's dangers, from imminent disasters to terror and wars reported in the media, make us particularly vulnerable to stress and feelings of helplessness. This volume is unique in describing how to promote resilience in different groups, under different circumstances, and dealing with different adversities.

Excerpt

There may be as many disasters today as ever. There may be as many tragedies, killings, riots, snipers, and criminals as ever. But today we learn about them, see them on television, read about them in papers and journals, and are bombarded with news of them. The result is that we experience more stress than ever before with a constant barrage of bad news. Even our private lives have lost much of their privacy as attempts to sell us products or protect us from harm increasingly invade our homes. Maybe there is some privacy in our cars, but that is mainly the privacy created by the car frame, not privacy from the stares or too-frequent unfriendly signals of other drivers. In short, we are living with more stress than is good for our sense of well-being.

We are not helpless, however. We have this human capacity to become resilient, which allows us to deal with the bombardment of events causing so much stress. And in dealing with these events we become stronger, more confident in our abilities, more sensitive to the stress others are experiencing, and even more able to bring about change to minimize or eradicate the sources of stress.

Today, more than ever, certainly as much as ever, we need to promote and use resilience in our daily life, our work life, our personal life, our social and political life, and our family life. In other words, resilience has application to any source of stress or to any experience perceived as an adversity. We are not implying that resilience protects . . .

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