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UNPACKING RESILIENCE AS A PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAIT


Resilience is a trait often used to describe or refer to successful people, successful organisations and people who seem to have it all figured out. What people often do not realise is that people are not born ‘resilient’. Resilience is not a permanent trait, it can be learnt, built and developed by ANYONE. Resilience refers to an individual’s capacity to rebound or bounce back from adversity, setback and failure to attain success. Resilience is a trait that is developed through successfully adapting and coping with adversity. Adversity is an unavoidable reality of life, we cannot predict when or how it will present itself but we can control how we choose to respond to it. Normalcy has changed for us all irrespective of socio-demographic differences i.e. age, gender, social standing etc, requiring us all to be increasing more resilient.


There are six main factors necessary for building resilience namely life satisfaction, optimism, positive affect, self-efficacy, self-esteem and social support.


1. LIFE SATISAFACTION - the subjective evaluation of the degree to which needs,

goals and wishes have been satisfied.

2. OPTIMISM - the expectation for the best or positive outcome for the future.

3. POSITIVE AFFECT - the tendency to feel positive emotions.

4. SELF-EFFICACY - the inclination to overcome challenges and the persistence to

reach set goals.

5. SELF-ESTEEM - the subjective appraisal or overall sense of self-worth.

6. SOCIAL SUPPORT - nurturing positive, fruitful social relationships.


Remember ANYONE can develop resilience. If you are interested in developing this trait on an individual or organisational level please contact us.


References

Luthans, F., Vogelgesang, G. R., & Lester, P. B. (2006). Developing the psychological capital of

resiliency. Human Resource Development Review, 5(1), 25-44.

Martínez-Martí, M. L., & Ruch, W. (2017). Character strengths predict resilience over and above

positive affect, self-efficacy, optimism, social support, self-esteem, and life

satisfaction. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 110-119.

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