Posted by: 2in10 | 10/20/2010

resilience

Nietzsche said, “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” Don’t we often rely on that thought to get through tough times. Or as my long-time friend and former neighbor likes to say, “This, too, shall pass.”

The Wall Street Journal ran an article by Laura Landro citing a study that found that people who experienced moderate adversity (“a few adverse events”) had better mental health and well being than those who experienced a lot of adversity or none.

Past studies have shown that people who experienced physical or sexual assault, the loss of a parent, homelessness, or natural disaster suffer losses in mental health and life satisfaction.

Now a study by Dr. Peter Seery shows that some adversity fosters resilience, a good thing. Adversity can help people develop a “psychological immune system” to cope with tough times, he notes. Resilience is bolstered by community and social support to help in the aftermath.

Those who have had cancer would probably agree.

Carolyn

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