How to maintain personal resilience during crisis

Dr. Judith Rodin, psychologist and author of “The resilience dividend: Being strong in a world where things go wrong,” discussed how resilience is required for surviving the turbulence of the 21st century.
4:43 | 06/02/20

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@drjashton. Moving on to the mass disruptions becoming more frequent than ever before, our country facing civil conflict and a new strain of disease, it seems resilience is a requirement now these days for surviving the turbulence of the 21st century, at least 2020. Here to talk about this is psychologist and author, Dr. Judith Rodin. Thank you for being with us. You've said crisis is the new normal, that's a very overwhelming thing to think about, how do we deal with that? Thank you so much, Amy and Jen, for having me. Think about it this way, I would say that not a month has gone by in this century without something frightening erupting, whether it's floods, hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes as well as economic shocks, and now a pandemic, social unrest and violence, all of these things are happening with greater frequency and they are creating crises. And Judith, I've used your book as a bible so often throughout this pandemic, but you said resilience isn't something you're born with but it's a skill you learn, what do you mean by that? Luckily, Jen, resilience isn't a personality variable. Often when it's talked about, it sounds like it's something you either have or you don't have from birth. It's a skill. You can learn it and therefore you have to practice it. And if you do, if you build resilience it enables you to rebound more effectively when crisis hits. Interestingly, the data has shown it even develops the capacity to grow and transform as a result. We should be building these capacities for ourselves, our families, our communities, institutions we care about, because they enable us to handle a crisis better and they also work in the good times. There's a lot of growing to do here, I know that. You've said that there's a difference between slow-burning stresses versus a crisis, so how do you prepare for those two differently? Well, they start very differently. A crisis appears suddenly, it needs a rapid set of responses in the mom. Slow-burning stresses build slowly. Like drought or air pollution or inequality, they build over a long period of time and suddenly, a set of events triggers them, because they've been so long in the making. But you're actually prepared for them in the same way. And Judy, as the nation is coming out of lockdown and dealing with really in effect two crises simultaneously, a medical and societal one, what tips would you give for building personal resilience as individuals? Well, there are four primary characteristics. Awareness is the first. So, in the post-lockdown period and you talked about this a bit, Jen, in your question and answer, you have to watch, monitor the environment, you have to track the data. You know, you really, really have to become aware, because some places are safer than others. The impact of the exposure is added. Those are very important things to be aware of. Diversity is the second. You need to construct a set of options to get what you need or where you need to go. You need to think it through and develop it in advance, that's why experts do scenario planning. So you're not forced into one place or to using one solution at the time. The third is adaptability. You have to remain alert as you come out of this, be nimble and flexible, be willing and able to change course quickly when things go wrong or when circumstances make you concerned. The fourth may surprise people -- we call it safe failure, you can't control everything. But you can actually build and use the capacity to fail safely rather than catastrophically by preparing in advance. You need to quickly separate what's creating the problem from other parts of the situation and that you can do. So, as we come out of lockdown, this is going to influence not only our own personal safety but how and if the virus continues to spread. Thank you so much for your time and for your words, Dr. Rodin. We appreciate it. Thanks so much.

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