The Resilience Prescription

In Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges (Cambridge, 2012), co-authors Dennis S. Charney, MD and Steven M. Southwick, MD explore the many ways people find to cope with the impact of traumatic life-changing events. Drawing on more than two decades of work with trauma survivors, they explore the factors that have enabled individuals to overcome and grow from their adversity.

Through the latest scientific findings and the stories shared by survivors, including those of 9/11, Drs. Charney and Southwick—experts in post-traumatic stress—identify ten “resilience factors” that these survivors have used to cope.

  1. Positive Attitude
  2. Cognitive Flexibility Through Cognitive Reappraisal
  3. Embrace a Personal Moral Compass
  4. Find a Resilient Role Model
  5. Face Your Fears
  6. Develop Active Coping Skills
  7. Establish and Nurture a Supportive Social Network
  8. Attend to Physical Well-Being
  9. Train Regularly and Rigorously in Multiple Areas
  10. Recognize, Utilize and Foster Signature Strengths

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