Can we teach resilience?

Can we teach resilience?

Posted by Jan Lawrence


“Can We Teach Resilience?” was the subject of a speech made by Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum organised by the Young Foundation in the UK.  Until recently Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum led the $125 million emotional fitness regime for the US military.  Through this experience she has many interesting insights to pass on and so this 40 minute presentation will be of interest to anyone interested in resilience courses and resiliency training.  Just to give you a mini taster, here are a couple of quotations from the talk:

“Events can be adverse, they can be expensive, unfortunate, sad, whatever they are, but it is how you come into them that determines whether they are adverse or traumatic”

“I believe that if we teach people some resilience training – how to provide evidence to the thoughts that they are having, how to think of things with more optimism – we can make more people see events as simply adverse instead of traumatic”

“There are a lot of people who think that when we are talking about resilience we are just deluding ourselves.  I don’t think so….”.

The Young Foundation website