Category Archives for "Exercises"

“Giving” Leads to Resilience More Than “Taking”

It might seem counter-intuitive, in our modern business-driven society, that people who are “givers” are more likely to succeed, certainly to experience more well-being, than “takers.” But that’s precisely the point organizational psychologist Adam Grant makes again and again in Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success. Based on decades of collaborative research […]

Choices Shape Our Resilience – and Thus Our Lives

Life is the sum of all your choices. – Albert Camus That our lives are shaped by the choices we make, even by the choices we avoid or forfeit, goes without saying. (Though Camus says it very well.) When life’s challenges seem overwhelming and our choices seem narrowed to the point of no choice, we […]

Conscious Choices v. Convenience

As we all come to rely on searching the internet for any information we want about anything – news, cultural and sports events, business tips, health remedies – we may notice the paradox of 15 search results in .01 seconds, yet those results becoming narrowed by the algorithms that drive them. Based on our preferences […]

Being Confused at a Higher Level

The sign posted over the entrance to the electrical engineering lab at SRI International, a consulting firm for large government and corporate projects: We have not solved your problem. In fact, we have more questions than when we started. But we believe we are confused at a higher level and about more important things. My […]

Anticipatory Resilience

My friend Natalie Bell came up with the phrase “anticipatory resilience” the other day.  I like it.  I think it’s an important practice, to rehearse being resilient in situations coming up that may be daunting, even potentially de-railing.  Asking a supervisor for a raise; preparing for an audit by the IRS; telling your brother and […]

Becoming Aware of Inherited Family Trauma

We all recognize that we can “inherit” patterns of trauma responses – anxiety, depression, anger – by growing up in families where the unresolved anxiety, depression, anger of parents, grandparents, or other close relatives was passed on to us because it was the environment we were swimming in, “normal” and we would have had to […]

Forgiveness – Even in the Most Challenging Circumstances

One of the joys of teaching for Leading Edge Seminars in Canada, as I did three weeks ago, is that Toronto is such a multi-cultural city, people of diverse cultures from all over the world living in relative harmony and ease. True for the clinicians in the seminar I taught on Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth, […]

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