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|Thu, 01-06-2011 - 12:19pm|
From the NYTimes:
On Road to Recovery, Past Adversity Provides a Map
New research suggests that resilience may have at least as much to do with how often people have faced adversity in the past as it does with who they are or what they’re facing now.
Whatever else it holds, this new year is sure to produce a healthy serving of redemption stories, against-the-odds tales of people who bounced back from the layoffs, foreclosures and other wreckage of 2010. They landed better jobs. They started successful companies. They found time to write a book, to study animal husbandry, to learn a new trade: to generate just the sort of commentary about perseverance, self-respect and character that can tempt anyone who’s still struggling to throw things at the TV.
Character is a fine thing to admire, all right — once the storm has passed and the rigging is repaired.
But when people are truly sinking, because of job loss, illness, debt or some combination of ills, they have no idea what mix of character, connections and dumb luck will be enough to pull through. To use the psychologists’ term, they don’t know how “resilient” they are, or how much resilience even matters.
Do I have the right stuff? Or is this sinkhole simply too deep?