Thursday, April 26, 2012

Characteristics of resilience

A capacity for close relationships
The ability to be proactive and get things done
Having positive expectations
Valuing one’s own independence and autonomy
Being an effective problem solver
The ability to enjoy laughter and respond to humor even is tragic circumstances
To experience lower levels of anxiety in situations outside their control
The ability to remain optimistic
“Resilience is the ability to adapt when faced with tragedy, trauma, adversity, hardship and continuous significant life stressors.”

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Rees, R. ‘Resilience of people with traumatic brian injury and their carers’.  InPsych (The bulletin of the Australian Psychological Society) April, 2012.



  1. Based on these characteristics, I guess we should assume that pessimists are not very resilient.

  2. Hello KYLady,
    Well optimisim is one of the 8 characterisitcs so I am sure there are people who have most of the other characteristics but not so much optimisim but could be seen as resilient.


  3. I was thinking pessimists would not have two of the eight – they are less able to remain optimistic and maybe they don’t have many positive expectations. But as you say, this isn’t a black and white world we live in.

  4. Yes KYLady.
    I think it would be more a matter of degree in things like this


  5. I don't always feel resilient but I suppose that the end result of any situation will show whether or not I am maybe. Or at least think that I was.

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