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.