3 Myths and Realities About Fostering Resilience in Young People

A really interesting article about resilience in children, it is such an important thing to help grow.

The Future of Education

1) Myth: Resilient youngsters must be pessimists.

Reality: Not so. Many people mistakenly believe that resilient children and teens must be cynical or pessimistic, but actually the opposite is true.

According to PBS This Emotional Life resilience can be defined as, “the capacity to withstand stress and catastrophe.” A 15-year study by Dr. Martin Seligman found that optimism is the key to fostering emotional strength. Resilient young people are realistically optimistic. They don’t blindly see pie in the sky at all times. Instead, they willfully seek the silver lining within dark clouds, preferring to focus on the good in difficult situations.

2) Myth: Adversity automatically leads to predetermined consequences.

Reality: Nothing could be further from the truth. The ABC model of resilience proposed by Albert Ellis in 1962 posits that adversity leads to beliefs leads to consequences.




Basically, adversity is any problem in your life. Your…

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3 thoughts on “3 Myths and Realities About Fostering Resilience in Young People”

  1. What an interesting article! I wonder if it’s too late when we are adults to change this kind of thinking and become more optimistic! Or if by a certain age, pessimism or optimism is so ingrained into our personalities that it becomes an uphill struggle to think differently?

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  2. Very interesting article , thank you for sharing .
    And a question (to the Universe 😉 ) a resilient mother, a resilient father, two daughters both raised exactly the same way, with only a 2 1/2 difference in age, educated in exactly the same school , one comes out resilient, the other one not at all …biology here ?? not environment ?
    Turtle Hugs


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