Research on UMass Amherst course shows resilience can be taught. The ability to persist through challenges and recover from adversity – is no longer considered a character trait by researchers but a practiced interaction between person and environment

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// Resilience – the ability to persist through challenges and recover from adversity – is no longer considered a character trait by researchers but a “practiced interaction between person and environment,” the study points out. “Negative thoughts stick to us like Velcro,” Chandler explains. “We have to train our brain to hang on to the positive things. We are experts in stress, so we need to practice building up the calm side of the brain, the focused side.” //

sdsanth

Resilience, persistence, and grit are qualities that are in **high** demand in the workforce. You would not believe how many good jobs have new workers that leave within the first week.

Man-uh-lith

Clearly, this is part of the program of training for most, if not all, the world’s special forces units.

ecknorr

When it comes to studies like this I’m always curious about the SES of the participants, as well as the translation of the study into real-world access to appropriate resources. What nature vs nurture practices are at play that causes certain people to benefit more from a “resilience” workshop? Being a college athlete already requires a certain level of discipline – how well do these techniques translate to people who aren’t in college, or aren’t athletes? Legitimately curious as to how we can increase resilience in everyone else, or how to reduce the need for resilience intervention through a better balance of psychosocial and economic activities?

SpamTheDmg

Low resilience has not been considered a character trait for decades. Resilience is a social/emotional skill that can be taught explicitly. Resilience training is already part of the available SpEd services (for children and adolescents) in many areas, and there are specialized boarding schools that focus on building resilience in and out of the classroom for children with greater needs.

Grimtongues