2 A model for resilience
Lyn Worsley at the Resilience Centre, Australia, has developed a model for personal resilience that shows how adults draw upon the resources around them. She notes that difficult or traumatic experiences can lead a person to withdraw socially when they feel unsafe, and that this withdrawal can increase the sense of insecurity and undermine resilience (Worsely, 2015, p. 76).
Worsley suggests identifying what, in the external environment, gives an adult the strongest positive experiences. In times of crisis, helping a person reconnect with these strong positive resources and experiences can help individuals to engage rather than to withdraw, and evokes ‘helpful and supportive responses from others’ (2015, p. 76). Worsley goes on to say that for resilient adults who have
survived and thrived there appears to be the presence of three or more positive and strong factors or resources which connected during times of stress or crisis. These strong factors in turn appeared to bring support, encouragement and a sense of purpose to help recover, sustain and/or grow through the crisis.
How does Worsley’s view chime for you with your experience of dealing with stressful situations? How far were there small positive experiences and supportive responses from others that made a difference for you? For example, did a regular walk with other dogwalkers help you feel there was light ahead, or were you encouraged by returning to a social pub quiz after the breakup of a relationship?
What can you identify now that could help you in future stresses?
Note your thoughts in the toolkit or your notebook.