Series on Resilience – The approaches

The process or this cycle of resiliency involves – when people are faced with an adverse condition, there are three ways that they approach and it defines whether it will promote well-being or not. The three approaches are: An eruption of anger; They implode with overwhelming negative emotions, go numb, and become unable to react; They simply become upset about the disruptive change.

The first and second category of approach leads people to adopt the victim role by blaming others and reject any coping methods even after the crisis is over. They prefer to instinctively react, rather than respond to the situation. Those who respond to the adverse conditions in themselves tend to cope with it and halt the crisis. Negative emotions involve fear, anger, anxiety, distress, helplessness, and hopelessness which decreases a person’s ability to solve the problems they face, and they weaken their resiliency.

The third category of approach is employed by resilient people who become upset about the disruptive state and thus change their current pattern to cope with the issue.

Today Disney rakes in billions from merchandise, movies and theme parks around the world, but Walt Disney himself had a bit of a rough start. He was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” After that, Disney started a number of businesses that didn’t last too long and ended with bankruptcy and failure. He kept plugging along, however, and eventually found a recipe for success that worked.