Resilience… what is it?

From GFSC, as an entity that seeks to contribute to increasing the resilience and autonomy of communities in times of crisis, we want to invite our friends to remember some basic concepts about Resilience, in our publications. And we welcome your input and feedback.

According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is the process of adapting well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threat, or significant sources of stress, such as family or personal relationship problems, serious health problems, or stressful situations at work or financial. It means to “bounce” from a difficult experience, as if one were a ball or a spring.

Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. People commonly demonstrate resilience. An example is the response of people in the United States to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and their individual efforts to rebuild their lives.

Being resilient does not mean that the person does not experience difficulties or anguish. Emotional pain and sadness are common in people who have suffered great adversity or trauma in their lives. In fact, the road to resilience is probably full of obstacles that affect our emotional state.

Resilience is not a characteristic that people have or do not have. It includes behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed by anyone.