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.

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


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)

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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 […]

Psychological Capital: HERO in Leadership and Coaching

Psychological Capital: HERO in Leadership and Coaching

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 of […]

Resilience in Positive Psychology: Bouncing Back & Staying Strong

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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 […]

5 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset Using Grit and Resilience

Why is it that when some people encounter obstacles to a goal it stops them, while other people gain energy from "the haters" and the challenges life presents? The ability to bounce back from adversity and stay persistent with your passions—especially when things get tough—are traits of highly successful individuals. […]

Is Grit the New It? Develop Your Passion and Practice Perseverance

Have you ever seen someone—maybe a dancer or basketball player—demonstrate amazing ability in their field and assumed that they're gifted with an innate talent that only a few people possess? If you’re like most people, you answered "yes." People are enamored with the idea of innate talent and "giftedness," but […]

10 Ways To Become More Resilient

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The Oxford English Dictionary defines resilience as "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape" (Stevenson, 2010). We can see an example of this with metals, for example, as wrought iron can be stretched and returned to its original position […]

Psychological Capital: Training the 4 Positive Capacities


Many organizations are all for employee well-being, engagement, and positive interventions. However great these values are, the bottom line for many of these organizations is "are we making a profit?"  That’s why Luthans and his associates started developing Psychological Capital. Their mission was to create a collection of positive psychological […]