This comprehensive core textbook analyzes how resilient people navigate the troubled waters of life’s traumas and identifies how learning about resilience may help cultivate this quality in other, less resilient, people. Author Morley D. Glicken explains the inner self-healing processes of resilient people and helps individuals training in the helping professions to learn to use these processes in working with their clients.

Helping others as an Attribute of Resilience

Helping others as an attribute of resilience

One of the primary attributes of resilient people is their involvement with others as indigenous helpers who provide social support. Many resilient people are involved in the self-help movement as leaders or participants. In this chapter, I will explore the relationship between resilience and helping others. As Tech (2003) notes in her book on survivors of the Holocaust, “The more accustomed prospective victims are to performing nurturing and cooperative roles, the more likely they are to adapt to changing circumstances” (p. 353). According to Tech, during the Second World War, one partisan group of escaped Jews from concentration camps, the Bielski Ortiad, “focused their energies on cooperation, rescue of the oppressed and ...

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