The strange nature of resilience is that you don't really know how you are going to respond to adverse situations until you experience them. Resilience is forged through adversity NOT despite it.
How you perceive situations will affect your resilience. Some people may see a situation as a major adversity, whilst others may perceive it as a challenge. This is true of all circumstances whether they are personal (such as illness or failure), whether they affect a small group (such as divorce or the death of a loved one) or whether they affect a wider group of people (such as war, violence or natural disasters).
Part of your resilience is linked to your ability to cope with change and stress. Resilience is the capacity to face, overcome and be strengthened by periods of adversity. Everyone has the ability to become more resilient but this is up to you and will be affected by your age, your health, the type and frequency of the adversities and the resources you have available to cope.
Focusing on your own resilience allows you to see how capable you are at coping with adversity and will indicate which areas you need to concentrate on to become better. You are then more able to help others deal with the stresses and strains that they face in their lives and help them to develop their resilience.
This slide set gives you some insights into resilience, what it is and what it means. The slides look at resilience from the perspective of developing and building resilience within the workplace.
What feelings and emotions do people go through when faced with change? The Personal Transition through Change Curve is a popular and powerful model used to understand the stages of personal transition and organisational change. It helps you understand how people will react to change, so that you can help them make their own personal transitions, and make sure that they have the help and support they need. (The model was devised by John M. Fisher developed through his work on constructivist theory in relation to service provision organisations at Leicester University, England.)
Copies of the Personal Transition through Change curve can be downloaded from our Resources page. Further details about the curve and its development can be found at www.c2d.co.uk
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