Bouncing Back May Be Tough, But So Are We
In 2005 the National Science Foundation brought together some unlikely collaboratorsâ€”ecologists and psychologists among themâ€”to talk about resilience. It turns out they had a lot in common.
For decades researchers in each field had been studying the ways in which external events and stresses could transform complex systems. Their conclusions were strikingly similar: Resilience is often the result of a period of stress and change.
Just as ecosystems can absorb serious shock and transform into different, but stable versions of themselves, so can people. Resilience, it seems, is hard-wired into us.