Personal Resilience

What is Individual or Personal Resilience?

Individual resilience is a person’s ability to positively cope after failures, setbacks, and losses. Developing resilience is a personal journey. Individuals do not react the same way to traumatic or stressful life events. An approach to building resilience that works for one person might not work for another. People use varying strategies to build their resilience. Because resilience can be learned, it can be strengthened. Personal resilience is related to many factors including individual health and well-being, individual aspects, life history and experience, and social support.

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(Adapted from Simon, Murphy, & Smith, 2008)

Along with the factors listed above, there are several atributes that have been linked with building and promoting resilience.

  • The capacity to make and carry out realistic plans
  • Communication and problem-solving skills
  • A positive or optimistic view of life
  • Confidence in personal strengths and abilities
  • The capacity to manage strong feelings, emotions, and impulses

How is Personal Resilience Built?
What Factors Promote Resilience?
How Does Culture Influence Resilience?
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Resources

Simon, J., Murphy, J., & Smith, S. (2008). Building resilience: Appreciate the little things in life. British Journal of Social Work, 38, 218–235.