Defining Resilience

The first step in building resilience is understanding what resilience is. This quality is defined in different ways by different people and organizations.  One authoritative definition is the American Psychological Association’s. To read it and the Association’s tips for building resilience, visit the following APA website URL:

However, this site will favor the following definition, based on one developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Resilience has two components: the ability to bounce back from adversity and the ability to grow from challenges.”

Author: Michael Hebert

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