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The Power of Resilience

Resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of trauma, tragedy, adversity or other sources of stress. It is the ability to “bounce back” or rise above difficult experiences. It is not a genetic trait or something that we are born with. It is a skill that can be developed and nurtured as well as damaged and undone. Research on resilience has shown that it is essential for humans to thrive. It is an ability that is critical for young people to grow into healthy, adaptable individuals. Resilient children have stronger mental health and are more able to adapt to difficult or changing situations without compromising their functioning.

Children who develop resilience are better able to learn from failure, face disappointments, and adapt to changes. Resilience in children comes first from supportive adults in the child’s life: parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches, etc. These relationships become a foundation of strength when the child faces difficulties or challenges such as the divorce of parents, a traumatic car accident, serious illness in the family, episodes of violence and abuse, etc.

Helping children develop a “growth mindset” is another way in which resilience can be cultivated in young children. A growth mindset encourages children to connect growth with hard work and perseverance. Resilient children have a strong “internal locus of control” : they believe that they control their outcomes, not their circumstances. Also, changing perspective on certain events can influence the development of resilience. If negative situations are seen as ‘traumatic’ or ‘tragic’, then the individual feels less control or power in such situations. However, seeing negative situations as opportunities for learning or growth is one way that a different perspective can improve resiliency in a situation.

To learn more about resilience and a growth mindset, see the following additional resources.

To make an appointment call us at:
Tomball Office:      281-290-8188
South Loop Office: 713-808-9781
Bryan Office:          979-383-2074
Lufkin Office:         936-229-3621