Resilience & Coping

Resilience is often described as the ability of the individual to bounce back after having experienced hardship. Resilience is mostly based on personal strengths, resources, and psychological capital.

The Crisis Kit: 5 Tools for Helping Clients Through Turbulent Times

A note from the team here at PositivePsychology.com, concerning COVID-19... Like many of you, our hearts are heavy with concerns for the global community’s wellbeing. We believe that now, more than ever, positive psychology can really help lift others up. That is why we have decided that we will do […]

Resilience Coaching and Counseling: 29 Helpful Tools and Techniques

Resilience coaching and counseling

It’s a demanding world out there. Adversity in health, family, work--or any area of your life--could be right around the corner. Resilience is known as the mental processes and behaviors that people use to protect themselves from the harmful effects of stressors. It’s the ability to adapt and flex to […]

5+ Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset Using Grit and Resilience

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When was the last time you showed resilience? How about grit? It has been more than seven years since Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk catapulted these two traits into our everyday vernacular, and still more since the dawn of Carol Dweck’s fixed versus growth mindset research. What have we learned? When […]

Resilience Theory: What Research Articles in Psychology Teach Us (+PDF)

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Life is never perfect. As much as we wish things would ‘just go our way,’ difficulties are inevitable, and we all have to deal with them. Resilience Theory argues that it’s not the nature of adversity that is most important, but how we deal with it. When we face adversity, […]

6 Scales to Measure Coping + The Brief Cope Inventory

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Sometimes life seems to pile up all at once. We find ourselves trying to juggle a multitude of daily challenges, large and small, or unexpected events that send our anxiety or stress responses into a tailspin. When this happens, it can be difficult to take a moment to check-in and […]

The Connor Davidson + Brief Resilience Scales (Incl. PDF)

connor davidson resilience scales

The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale was developed by two researchers - Kathryn M. Conner and Jonathan R.T. Davidson. Connor is a psychiatrist and a researcher at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Her research is focused on stress, anxiety, social anxiety, medications, and resilience. Davidson is a Professor Emeritus […]

What is Coping Theory?

What is coping theory

What is your first reaction in the face of sudden stress? Do you make a plan to overcome it? Talk it out with your friends? Avoid confronting the situation? Or try to hide the fear by resorting to comfort food or other substances? There are so many different ways of […]

What is Post-Traumatic Growth? (+ Inventory & Scale)

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As they say, trauma is a nightmare that comes while we are awake. Not only is it difficult to overcome trauma, but it also takes tremendous effort and perseverance to do so. But suffering has transformative power. Be that in religion, poetry, philosophy, or literature - the general understanding of […]

Parenting Children with Positive Reinforcement (Examples + Charts)

Positive Parenting

Children don’t come with instructions and discipline is often experienced by parents and children alike as an arena where our will and wits are tested. Positive reinforcement is only one of many forms of discipline, but from the perspective of positive psychology it may as well be the most important […]

How to Become Mentally Strong: 14 Strategies for Building Resilience

how to build mental resilience

How resilient are you? Some people seem to quickly bounce back from personal failures and setbacks, while others find it much more difficult. When life knocks you down, are you quick to pick yourself up and adapt to the circumstances? Or do you find yourself completely overwhelmed with little confidence […]

23 Resilience Building Tools and Exercises (+ Mental Toughness Test)

Building Resilience

There is a buzz about resilience recently. Resilience is the ability to recover from setbacks and adapt to challenging circumstances and is required to thrive and flourish. It is a foundational psychological tool which empowers us to feel effective and capable of handling uncertainty. Despite this definition, there has been […]

30+ Tips for Building Resilience in Children

Teaching resilience in children

Most of us are familiar with the expression “that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” It turns out that this is only partially true – not everyone possesses the ability to persevere following trauma. Indeed, while some people crumble in the face of adversity, others are somehow able to […]

Teaching Resilience in Schools and Fostering Resilient Learners

Teaching Resilience in Schools

Teachers who teach resilience might change the trajectory of their student's lives. It is not easy to teach resilience in the classroom, but it is crucial. Teaching resilience is beyond memorization, calculation, and other traditional learning methods. It requires interaction and engagement. Resilience is about the process of becoming, which children […]

How to Beat Stress, Trauma, and Adversity with Resilience

How to beat stress

To be able to handle most things in life… Why is it that some people, when faced with adversity, will be forced to defend themselves against further onslaught and erect barriers while others will transform it into a challenge and marshal all their abilities to meet it head on? Our […]

What is Emotional Resilience and How to Build It? (+Training Exercises)

Emotional Resilience Theory

How do you collect yourself after a stressful event? Emotional resilience is when you are able to calm your frantic mind after encountering a negative experience. It is intrinsic motivation, an inner force by which we can hold ourselves through all the downsides of life. Just like other aspects of […]

Resilience Skills, Factors and Strategies of the Resilient Person

Resilience Skills and Strategies

Mental health encompasses far more than the mere absence of disorders. There are a number of dimensions when it comes to positive mental health, one of which is resilience. Resilience is the process of being able to adapt well and bounce back quickly in times of stress. This stress may […]

20 Best Resilience Books For Creating Mental Toughness

20 Best Books on Resilience

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness or the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. (Oxford Dictionary, 2018). Resilience is something that is within each of us, but how we use it, and how well are key determinants in […]

What is Eustress And How is It Different than Stress?

What is eustress in psychology

In this article, we will explore the way in which eustress - what I call positive stress - may provide a long-lasting solution to the pervasive “distress” which may be creating harm in our lives. “Imagine feeling capable of handling whatever life throws at you, without having to panic, overreact, […]

Resilience Training: How to Master Mental Toughness and Thrive

Mastering Mental Toughness

Do you know someone who keeps on keeping on, no matter what life throws at them? How do they continue to thrive, flourish, and grow even stronger as they overcome the obstacles they face? The answer is resilience – which the APA describes as: “The process of adapting well in […]

What is Resilience and Why is It Important to Bounce Back?

What is resilience and can it be learned

One of the most popular topics in positive psychology—both in the field itself and in mainstream discussion of positive psychological concepts—is resilience. To some, resilience is a sort of “miracle drug” personality trait, something that can heal all wounds and right all wrongs. While resilience may not be the end-all […]

19 Resilience & Adversity Quotes That Will Inspire and Empower You

J.K. Rowling

Building resilience is an important part of growth and change. There are several ways to cultivate and inspire resilience in people. A good start is finding a sentence that resonates with you. It empowers you, motivates you, and becomes a mantra you internally chant to yourself every day. Words can […]

How To Build Resilience With Resilience Training (+ Real Life Examples)

Resilience Training: How to Build Resilient Individuals and Groups

We all know resilience is an important trait. It is the hallmark of successful people and successful companies, and it is what allows people to come back from disappointment and failure stronger and more determined than ever. What you may not have known is that resilience is not a permanent […]

Master Resilience Training (MRT) in the US Army: PowerPoint & Interview

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Master Resilience Training (MRT) is a resilience-training program that is offered by the United States Army. The goal of the program is to teach officers about resilience and to train those officers to teach other soldiers about resilience as well. It is a joint effort between the Positive Psychology Center […]

Coping: Dealing with Life’s Inevitable Disappointments in a Healthy Way

Coping: Dealing with Life’s Inevitable Disappointments in a Healthy Way

“Life’s not fair.” How I hated hearing that as a kid. It was a phrase trotted out by my father (and probably fathers everywhere) whenever I complained about something not going my way. I especially hated when my brother was allowed to do something I wasn’t, or when he received […]

10+ Coping Skills Worksheets for Adults and Youth (+ PDFs)

coping skills

No matter how mentally healthy, resilient, or happy we are, every one of us goes through times when we need to cope with something difficult. Coping is something we all do, whether we do it consciously or without thinking. That might mean watching a funny movie when you're sad, calling […]

How To Measure Resilience With These 8 Resilience Scales

how to measure resilience at work and in adults

“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.” – Gever Tulley When we experience disaster, trauma, or distressing psychological issues, we usually react with grief and a range of negative emotions. This is, of course, a natural reaction to having our hopes […]

Shame Resilience Theory: How to Respond to Feelings of Shame

Shame Resilience Theory: How to Overcome Feelings of Shame

Shame Resilience Theory (SRT) is, as the name suggests, a theory concerned with how people respond to feelings of shame. It was first articulated in a 2006 paper by Brené Brown. Shame is a universal emotion which can have serious negative consequences if left unchecked, so examining what resilience in […]

27 Resilience Activities and Worksheets for Students and Adults (+PDFs)

27 Resilience Activities and Worksheets for Students and Adults (+PDFs)

You may think you’re not very resilient. The word “resilient” might bring to mind all of the struggles and setbacks that have plagued you in your life. You might be thinking about how hard it is to recover from some of the worst ones. You may be thinking “I’m not […]

Psycap 101: Your Guide to Increasing Psychological Capital

psychological capital

Originally developed in an organizational context, the concept of Psychological Capital with its four pillars of Hope, Efficacy, Resilience, and Optimism (HERO) has been linked to job- as well as life satisfaction. While every component has its own characteristics and interventions, the concept of PsyCap is greater than the sum […]

Resilience in Positive Psychology: Bouncing Back & Staying Strong

resilience in positive psychology

Resilience in positive psychology refers to the ability to cope with whatever life throws at you. Some people are knocked down by challenges, but they return as a stronger person more steadfast than before. We call these people resilient. A resilient person works through challenges by using personal resources, strengths […]

What Is Grit In Psychology ? + How You Can Develop It

Have you ever seen someone—maybe a dancer or basketball player—demonstrate fantastic ability in their field and assumed that they're gifted with an innate talent that only a few people possess? Most likely, the answer is "yes." People are enamored with the idea of innate talent and "giftedness," but this mentality […]