The 7 resilience factors

"Resilience", a human skill that has been forgotten for many decades, is now increasingly rearing its head within companies. Read on to find out what positive attributes resilient people have.

1. Control of emotions: Resilient people are able to perceive their emotions and identify their origins in order to then influence themselves or their surroundings. In the case of negative emotions, e.g. fear, they turn them into something positive, e.g. confidence. When applied to their lives as a whole, this means that they do things intuitively in order to achieve happiness.

2. Control of impulses: They know how to control their initial impulses, are not as easily distracted as other people and thus are able to see things through to the end. They are disciplined and therefore more satisfied than people who always start things but never finish them.

3. Causal analysis: They take their time to thoroughly analyze the reasons for setbacks in order to avoid making the same mistake again and again or giving up too early. They therefore handle their resources with care and do not simply follow their gut instinct.

4. Empathy: They have the will and the ability to put themselves in the place of other people. This allows them to establish close, supportive contacts with people who can help them even in difficult phases or assist them in achieving their goals.

5. Realistic optimism: They think positively, but always on the basis of the reality that surrounds them.

6. Sense of purpose: They are self-confident and pursue their goals resolutely but not over-zealously. They do this on the basis of their known strengths, and do so relatively independently of the feedback from other people.

7. Self-efficacy: In virtually any situation, they believe that they hold the cards in their hand and can influence the circumstances surrounding them. If this is not possible, they will attempt to influence themselves in order to feel better. For example, they will try to find meaning even in very difficult situations or in situations that they cannot influence – and they will normally succeed in doing so.

Dr. Denis Mourlane


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