The term "resilience" has its origin in metallurgy: meaning, in metallurgical technology, the capacity of a metal to resist deformation from external forces. For a metal, resilience represents the opposite of fragility. This is valid also in the psychological field: a resilient person is the opposite of one easily vulnerable. Etymologically, "resilience" comes from Latin "resalio", iterative of "salio". Some propose a suggestive connection between the original meaning of "salio", which also connotes the gesture of climbing aboard an upturned ship after capsizing from the force of the sea, and the actual use in the psychological field: both terms indicate behavior of forging ahead in the face of adversity, without giving up.
My own personal definition of the term is the following:
Psychological resilience is the ability to persist in pursuing challenging objectives, affronting in an efficient manner the difficulties and other negative events that one encounters along the way. The verb "persist" indicates the idea of a solid, unwavering motivation. In fact, the resilient individual presents a series of unmistakable psychological characteristics: he/she is optimistic and tends to "read" negative events as temporary and limited; he/she believes to possess a wide margin of control on his/her own life as well as the surrounding environment; he/she is strongly motivated to achieve pre-established goals; he/she views change as a challenge and as an opportunity instead of as a threat; when faced with defeat and frustrations he/she is capable of maintaining hope.
-Dr. Pietro Trabucchi, Sport Psychologist, University of Verona
Ultra-Marathon Athlete and Team Trainer
Resilience isn't to be confused with "grit," defined by psychologist Angela Duckworth as “perseverance plus the exclusive pursuit of a single passion”, but it's definitely its close cousin.
The good news is that our species is indeed the most resilient among all the species in the animal kingdom and although psychological resilience comes in different flavors and layers
-someone bounces back quickly after adversity, and another person needs several years in order to do so- it is not a hard-wired trait in human beings, but rather it can be trained!
Resilience is a work in progress
Happiness is a verb.
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Here at RESALIO we work with Clinical Hypnosis and teach communication
including Self-Hypnosis and other Mind Re-Conditioning techniques;
be aware that you cannot learn anything new in your life
- wether is a new skill or behavior-
without applying what we call in hypnotherapy "The Law of Repetition".
Everything you have learned to master in your life
is the consequence of using one single input inside your brain, 'AGAIN'.
No matter what, again.
So it is for everything new that you are looking to achieve now,
for you are here reading this article.
But also everything that you don't want in your life anymore
follows the Law of Repetition.
It is repeated and represented to you, in front of you, inside your brain, inside your heart, again again and again! Either is that product they are convincing you that you cannot stay without, either is that non-functioning relationship in your life, that door that won't close.
RESILIENCE starts from taking back control
of your Environment.