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How Resilient Are We Really As Humans?

Are we as resilient as it is made to sound? Not only is it a common concept among the general populations that humans are naturally resilient in the face of life adversities, but it has also been supported by a number of scientific experiments. However, a new study challenges these beliefs. It puts forward the argument, backed by their findings, that “resilience to major life stressors is not as common as thought”.

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When people go through rough patches in life, from losing a spouse to unemployment, it is generally thought that he will eventually get around the problems, and that he will “bounce back”. It is believed that he would deal with his circumstances on his own, and that he will be able to do so because he has the natural ability to do so. Furthermore, research has shown that this ‘natural resilience’ (defined as steady, healthy levels of welfare, with no deleterious effects felt during or after difficult circumstances) allows people to ‘keep it together’ during trying times.

On the other hand, the new research conducted by scientists from the Arizona State University says that this does not apply to everyone, and that this is not the general case. Rather, many are those who will need to struggle considerably, and for a longer time. Essentially, the findings question the claim that dictates resilience is the “usual” response in the aftermath of major tribulations. The team of researchers looked into the matter by taking into consideration the different layers thereof, and without generalising human response.

As such, individuals facing stressful events are likely to have their well-being wane — a state which might persist for many years. The majority of people will be affected to a great extent such that it will take them several years to restore their normal levels of functioning. This is what has been found after testing the “assumptions more thoroughly”, says study author Frank Infurna from AFU.

To conclude, the “rates of resilience” will fluctuate.

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