Think You’re Resilient? Think Again!

In July of 2018, researchers at Arizona State University published a study which compared previous resilience research works to determine whether they differed in the way that they calculated the percentage of subjects characterized as resilient. It turned out that yes, the studies of adults which measured only one benefit of resilience (life satisfaction, positive or negative emotions, general or physical health) said that between 19 and 66 percent were resilient, whereas those which considered the full range of benefits reported that only 8 percent were.

What does this mean for the typical reader of this blog? Of course there’s the comforting fact that those who lack resilience have lots of company. While that’s encouraging, the ASU finding also means it’s worth keeping in mind that showing rapid improvement after adversity in one aspect of life where being resilient helps may not be representative of general resilience.

See the following article for more about ASU’s study:

Author: Michael Hebert

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