According to prof. Keren Reivich from the University of Pennsylvania, the main groups of factors that determine and strengthen our resilience, are:
- Biology: the evolution of the human species and our genetic predisposition;
- Self-knowledge: exactly what our level of self-awareness is;
- Self-regulation: how successfully we manage our feelings and actions;
- Mental flexibility: our ability to look at a situation from different perspectives;
- Optimism: our ability to believe that everything will end well for us;
- Mastery or personal effectiveness: our ability to start from the position of “I can do it”;
- Belonging: having at least one person with whom we have built a lasting relationship and knowing we can always count on them;
- Faith in institutions: confidence in the support of family, government, the organization we work for, etc.
Some of these do not depend on us, but others we can develop, in a direction that will lead to greater resilience.
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