Resilience : Cultivating Strength Through Trauma

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   Resilence: Adversity Makes You Stronger by Lori English

  If you know someone that has had a hard life and experienced a lot of trauma and they are positive and grateful you can imagine that resilience is part of their journey of healing.

Some of the most compassionate people experienced the toughest times. Resilience is a sign that a person has the ability to overcome the good with the bad and still bounce back. 

Resilience And Adversity

Resilience encompasses personal qualities that enable one to thrive in the face of adversity. It allows the person who was affected by a tragic life event to bounce back.

 The mind and body feel trauma such as a war, car accident, rape, childhood neglect, and end up on stronger than before. 

Of course, it doesn’t happen all the time, many people you communicate with and you may ask yourself,  how did they make it through that horrible life trauma and have such a positive attitude? 

People build resilience life have many profound qualities to deal with the trauma they endured. In the interim, developing skills and life-saving potential because of what they have endured. Life skills are learned and can help people that are hurting with Ptsd, and other stress disorders. 

 EMDR Treatment

Life skills and professionals can help people who suffered from trauma can heal with treatment that is specific for trauma such as EMDR Treatment. 

EMDR is a specific treatment that is used with a trained professional. EMDR stands for EyHOw de Movement Destination Reprocessing. This treatment is used for anxiety and recalling past events that were not felt at the time. 

How Does It Work?

The trained therapist and the person that is traumatized does not talk about the trauma hr/she actually goes back and it directed to the time and place in the mind to reprocess the event.  Trauma was scary, horrific, and full of fear, but using this treatment allows the client to ” feel ” the pain in the moment and actually go let the feelings come up again.

Many studies show that Eye movement Destination Reprocessing have been successful and many clients have had a lot of success in relieving anxiety and depression.


Trauma and Resilence

Have you ever met someone who went through horrible life events and displayed compassion for others?  If you have then you know exactly what I mean.  It’s amazing they have a positive attitude towards life and they are grateful. People with resilience show that they have overcome and are able to 

In an article published in the “Journal Of Personality and Social Psychology,”  professor Loran Norden and colleagues” The Human mind has a glitch when it comes to remembering the past.” 

 In this study,  most people experience trauma do not have a clear recollection of the whole trauma. 

What Does this mean to all of us?

This means that people are diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder have a lot of different symptoms that met people do not have on a daily basis. In the beginning of a horrific trauma, there are many ways that someone tried to handle the hell they went through. 

It is very hard to deal with trauma and if it happened before the age of seven, there is a difference in the way it can affect you in adulthood. Treatment is very important to get in the beginning so it can help someone understand why they feel so confused. 





Coping With Trauma

Why do some people develop psychiatric disorders and others develop resilience? This is a compound question that is discussed in many forums of mental health today.

Optimism, positive attitude, and active coping skills can make a  difference on an outcome of someone’s behavioral and cognitive responses. 

It is not the same for everyone,  and it depends on a lot of the trauma that they have some of these types of core beliefs and values that are measured on a Conners Resilence Test is used by many professionals such as nurses, social workers, physicians, and the purpose is to measure the resistance a person holds.

Using this scale is effective in the mental health field to help others who are diagnosed with PTSD, trauma, and the stress related diagnosis. 

 The Conner’s Assessment Tool is used and effectually can assist professionals to set up a treatment plan and assist professionals with measuring Resilence.

Conners Assessment Tool is used in measuring resilience in others and shows how to measure the resilience of Trauma .


What Do Relient People Have?

Resilient people have a safety net that was developed over them because they have an ” attitude’ or thought process that no matter what has happened to them they are going to pick themselves up. 

Resilient people have other fundamental qualities such as a positive attitude, family support, and the willingness to live, but these qualities can be in anyone. There is a significant difference in resilience and how a person is able to process the trauma that occurred.


QualitiesThat Resilient People Manifest:

  1. Recognize  limits of control
  2. View stress as a challenge.
  3. They have a support system.
  4. Self-Efficacy
  5. Past Success
  6. Patience
  7. Optimism
  8. Faith
  9. They feel Strengthed through a difficult time.
  10. Take an Action orientated approach they are solution orientated.



Trauma is worked through a long period and takes motivation to dive into the scariest parts of the psyche that caused someone to bury painful memories.  A skilled therapist or mental health worker has the training to assist in helping others get through and learn new coping skills that can empower and strengthen them.

The treatment of trauma is very different than it was a decade ago, changes have taken place to ensure that veterans, PTSD sufferers, and hurricane survivors.

When we think of the work Post Traumatic Syndrome we picture a someone that fought in the war and comes back from a horrific experience, over the last twenty years we see learned that PTSD Post Traumatic Stress disorder, can affect many people in many variances.

People who been affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes, loss of homes, death, rape, and war that is very hard to process the trauma affected.  Practitioners need to be advanced in their development of treating others with PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression. 

Future Findings

If you feel that you are depressed or went through a trauma and you need help please make sure to connect a professional that can help you.

 Resilience is a topic that is discussed in many circles in mental health and is making a lot of new findings that help clinicians and others that treat people that are diagnosed with mental health disorders. 


Resilience in life is usually after a trauma or something such as death, war, rape, or car accident, however, trauma is not limited to this list only. In the recent years, studies have been updated to teach our professionals the most cutting edge ways to help people get back to living their lives. Having Resilience is not a band aid for getting treatment. 


Disclaimer-  All the information in this article is researched, but this is no means takes place of receiving treatment for a mental illness. If you are diagnosed please seek medical attention such as a Mental Health practitioner.


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