25. Resilience: Bouncing Back After Difficulty

Have You Faced Difficult Or Stressful Life Experiences? 

Do You Wonder Why Some People Seem To "Bounce Back" After Loss Or Trauma? 

Do You Want To Learn About Research On Resilience In Childhood And Adulthood? 

Are You Looking For Ways To Promote Resilience In Your Own Life? 

Trauma, loss, childhood adversity, tragedy. Life can be hard, and anyone who lives long enough will face difficulty at some point. People respond to life’s challenges in a variety of ways; sometimes people have a really difficult time after stressful life events, and some seem to “bounce back” more easily. Most of us are capable of being at least somewhat resilient, and eventually adapt to even the hardest of circumstances. How do we do that?

In this episode, Dr. Debbie Sorensen and Dr. Rae Littlewood will take a look at what psychology research has to say about resilience. We’ll look at what resilience is (and isn’t), highlight some interesting psychology research, and offer research-based suggestions for promoting resilience when life gets hard.

Resources and Suggested Reading:

Resilience Checklist

How to Create a Resilience Story/ Important Facts About Resilience by David Meichenbaum

Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development by Ann S. Masten

The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss by George A. Bonano

APA article: The Road to Resilience

Psychological Resilience: State of Knowledge and Future Research Agendas

Article on Loss, Trauma, and Resilience

Tedeschi and Calhoun on Post-Traumatic Growth

Shelley Taylor on Positive Adaptation and Growth

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.