1 How do we identify resilient people?
Studies of children in deprived communities demonstrate that some children cope better than others with difficult environments and events. These resilient children showed particular strengths in:
- problem solving
- having a positive outlook
- being forward thinking.
It seems that while everyone has some degree of resilience to life events, some characteristics help people to be more resilient than others in similar situations.
Similarly, the American Psychological Association (2016) has identified several factors for resilience in adults. These are similar to the factors identified for resilient children, but include self-awareness and self-management.
Resilient adults can realistically identify and assess:
- their own capacity for managing ‘strong feelings and impulses’
- their strengths and abilities
- their level of skills.
They are also able to make realistic action plans based on these assessments (APA, 2016).
Activity 1 Strengths of resilient people
Take a few minutes to think about someone you know, or a well-known person, who you think of as resilient. Consider in what way, or in what type of situation, they are resilient and what strengths they show. Which of the following do they demonstrate? Which others would you add?
- a positive outlook
- forward thinking
- a good planner
- a good communicator
- comfortable with their emotions
|Name of resilient person|
Next, you will consider where these characteristics come from.