Wisdom and Resilience: Navigating Life's Challenges


  Wisdom and Resilience: Navigating Life's Challenges

Many people say that wisdom and resilience are the best things they can learn. They are a far cry from giving up in the face of overwhelming challenge or adversity. Wisdom and resilience allow you to create an optimal approach for success, one that is centered on your individual goals, needs, strengths, and weaknesses. This is because wisdom takes a holistic view of life—not just what went well but also what went poorly—so it can be seen as a total package over time rather than just focusing on the most recent event. Resilience means adapting to change when it happens (and regardless of whether you like it), instead of trying to control everything all the time or give up altogether when things get tough.

The meaning of resilience differs from person to person and can also change over time. Resilience is "the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress," as Christine L. Case described it in a 2014 article in American Psychologist . You might think that it's your response to trauma or adversity that makes you resilient, but "stressful events are not traumatic unless they overwhelm your adaptive capacities," according to a study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review by Eirini Flouri and colleagues. Resilience is about how you handle challenges—not just how you respond specifically to trauma, such as surviving a natural disaster or physical assault.

Wisdom, too, is a broad concept. It's the ability to apply knowledge and experience to make good decisions, according to Case. Wisdom involves having knowledge about the world and how it works, how one should behave in certain situations based on rules or ethics (i.e., "do unto others"), and knowing what to do when those rules don't apply or aren't available (i.e., recognize that two wrongs don't make a right). Wisdom allows you to set goals for yourself, reflect on your behavior in order to understand your choices, adapt your understanding of the world based on new information, and act productively in pursuit of those goals.[/ARTICLE END]

Reference: http://smp.ucdavis.edu/sites/smp.ucdavis.edu/files/documents/effectiveness-article-resilience-and-wisdom.pdf

Wisdom: The ability to assess the situation and make a wise decision in spite of the circumstances; taking into consideration the past experiences, knowledge, and skills of the individual
Resilience: Adaptation to change when it happens (and regardless of whether you like it)

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1.Research on resilience in children and youth is not new. At the same time, there is a growing literature on resilience in adults, especially, but not limited to those who have experienced stressors including the effects of childhood trauma or other adverse events. Research raises important questions about how these and other stressors might feature in developmental trajectories and life trajectories, and what may be risk or protective factors (see McCaffrey & Brett 2012). There are now a number of studies examining the extent to which mental health problems or trauma are associated with individual's resilience (e.g., Alderfer & Reese-Taylor 2011; Fleming-Meeks et al., 2012; Maren et al.

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