What is resilience and why does it matter?
By: Mollie Marti, PhD, JD
In collaboration with Rush University, the National Resilience Institute sat down with some presenters from our 4th annual Resilience Summit to discuss hot topics in human resilience.
With perspectives in youth resilience, veteran trauma recovery, and community resilience, we addressed the question: What is resilience and why does it matter?
“We’re now in a position where we can begin to understand why most people are resilient. What are they doing? Why is it that most human beings can go through a highly aversive event and come out psychologically unscathed? They struggle for a little bit, but they’re healthy and they continue functioning. How does that work? What’s happening? By trying to understand that, we have many new inroads to understand what goes wrong when people develop chronic reactions.”
~Dr. George Bonanno, Chair, Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, Columbia University
Here are some shareable resilience tips from our dialogue:
Trauma is an unfortunate reality of our world. While we work to solve our big problems, we need to help individuals who face great hardships to live their best lives despite what they encounter.
What is resilience? Resilience is the path forward.
Resilience is about one’s ability to adapt to, withstand, and recover from adversities.
Research shows that the majority of people are resilient, so it is important not to assume that every person who experiences a potentially traumatic event needs psychological intervention.
Resilience looks different for each person because it is impacted by unique physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual consequences that might last over time.
Resilience requires vulnerability. To be strong, we must ask for and receive help.
Despite how you might feel in a given moment, there is strength in remembering that there is always help and always hope.
“Resilience is not about gritting your teeth and getting through or sucking it up. Resilience is about honoring our need to ask for and receive help. It is important to remember that you are not going it alone. There is always someone who can help and there is always hope.”
~Dr. Mollie Marti, founder and President, National Resilience Institute
Watch this brief video for guidance on why it matters more than ever that you nurture resilience in yourself and others.
Thank you to featured presenters, Dr. Ashton Lofgreen and Dr. Jon Goldner, Road Home Program; Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett, Vital Village Network; Dr. George Bonanno, Columbia University; Janet Hillary, UK National Leader of Education; and Dr. Mollie Marti, National Resilience Institute, for your contributions. We are stronger together!