Common Myths about Resilience

Resilience can seem like a very abstract concept so there is often confusion about what resilience is, what it isn't and how people use it effectively in their daily lives.

Here are three common myths about resilience and resilient people. 

Myth 1:

Resilience is something you either have or don't.

Resilience is not something that you’re either born with or not. It's also not an all-or-nothing trait. Resilience includes a variety of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can be learned, practiced and improved by anyone.

Myth 2:

Resilient people don’t have problems, stress or difficult emotions.

Everyone has problems. Being resilient does not mean that a person does not experience difficulty or distress. However, people who are more resilient build habits and skill that allow them to solve problems and thrive in the face of adversity.

Myth 3:

Resilient people are so tough and self-reliant that they don’t need other people.

Resilience is not about toughing it out or going in alone. In fact, being able to reach out to others for support is a key component of being resilient. Resilient people have strong social networks, close connections with family and friends, and other resources they can call upon in time of need.