Today’s episode of The Psychology World Podcast is on Resilience on we will be focusing on
social psychology and developmental psychology.
If you want to read more about developmental psychology, then please check out DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY SECOND EDITION.
Personally, I thought an episode on psychological resilience would be rather timely as at the time of writing, a lot of people are going back to school, work or in a few weeks university.
Therefore, it was important to talk about psychological resilience during this difficult time.
What is Resilience?
Moving onto the topic itself, the term resilience is not easy to define as there isn’t a universally accepted definition.
However, one definition from my book is:
“Resilience is the ability to recover from negative events and adapt to stressful experiences.
Resilience is a key skill in life which allows us to be strong and cope with the world’s hardships.”
Resilience isn’t always up to you?
As much as I would love to be able to tell you all one easy tip to improve your resilience. You need to realise straight away that resilience isn’t up to you.
As a result of a few social psychology factors. Like: external factors. These can be your socioeconomic background, your childhood as well as other factors.
In addition, your genetics (biological psychology) can play a role in your resilience as your parents’ resilience can be passed on to you and how they bring you up is another critical factor.
How to Build Up Resilience?
Overall, resilience is about developing and using ways to deal with adversity. This adversity can be anything from bullying to grief to discrimination.
Additionally, there are multiple ways how you can increase your resilience. For example, you can nurture and invest in your social relationships as well as you can become useful to others. This allows you to create your own social support network and this means you have multiple people to turn to in your time of need. Also, as you’re becoming useful to people it means these will most likely turn into real relationships. Instead of fake online ones.
Furthermore, don’t be rigid. Be flexible. This is important because you need to be able to bend, but you don’t want to break. Therefore, to help your resilience you should accept your feelings and try and adapt. For example, yes you are upset about the job interview. But you know what you need to work on and how to improve in the future. That’s adapting the negative experience.
Finally, you should take problem solving action. I know this is easier said than done but if you find yourself with a problem where you need to show resilience then you should try and solve the problem. For instance, if you don’t do well at a job interview (the problem) then examine the interview to see what went wrong and work on those areas to improve. This is the solution.
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