I try not to post other people’s thoughts TOO often (and fail, continually…) but this one was too good to pass up.
My mother always told me I should have a more positive outlook on life.
by Dennis S. Charney, MD – Dean Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- Positive Attitude
- Optimism is strongly related to resilience
- Optimism is, in part, genetic but can be learned (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Neurobiological Mechanisms: Reward circuits, converse of learned helplessness
- Cognitive Flexibility through Cognitive Reappraisal
- Traumatic experiences can be re-evaluated by altering the perceived value and meaningfulness of the event
- One can receive a benefit from stress and trauma: one can reframe, assimilate, accept and recover. These skills can be learned.
- Failure is an essential ingredient for growth
- Neurobiological Mechanisms: Memory Reconsolidation, Cognitive Control of Emotion, Memory Suppression
- Embrace a Personal Moral Compass
- Develop a set of core beliefs that very few things can shatter
- For many, faith in conjunction with strong religious and/or spiritual beliefs is associated with resilience
- Altruism has been strongly related to resilience. Survivor Mission.
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