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Resilience, Growth, and Thriving

In defining resilience, dictionaries describe the tendency to bounce back or recover from setbacks, buoyancy, and elasticity. Resilience researchers such as Emmy Werner and Michael Rutter have related resilience to personal strengths, such as the ability to adapt well to stressful circumstances, coping and functioning well in life, maintaining emotional equilibrium, overcoming adversity, preventing mental illness amid hardship, flexibility, and growing. Combining these, we can define resilience comprehensively as

the strengths of an individual, both innate and developed, that enable one to adapt well to adversity, including the capacities to: maintain and improve mental health; function optimally (calmly, competently, flexibly); prevent the development of stress-related psychological problems (such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, suicide, and domestic violence); and overcome the damaging ...

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