Thursday, January 3, 2013

How to Cultivate Resilience

A 2010 article in Neurology Now1 explains how we can cultivate resilience in the face of hardship. The process involves changing the way you explain the negative events in your life using these three aspects: Permanence, Pervasiveness, and Personalization.

You can choose to believe that the hardship will last forever (permanent), that it will affect all areas of your life (pervasive), and that it is direct solely at you (personal).  Or you can take a more realistic approach and realize that nothing lasts forever, that the setback alters just one relationship or activity (in the case of a break up or a layoff) and that these things happen to everyone at one time or another -- it doesn't indicate that the universe is "out to get you."

Click here to read the article in full.

1 Depression and Resilience, Neurology Now: March/April 2010 - Volume 6 - Issue 2 - p 18–25 doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000370189.53041.59

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