The impact of resilience on our ability to survive, adapt and thrive

Authored by: Reuven Bar-On

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946


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In that the author emphasizes the close connection between resilience and adaptability throughout this chapter, what follows is how he defines adaptability, which will hopefully facilitate a better understanding of the relationship between them:

Adaptability means being aware of the immediate environment as well as realistically and flexibly attempting to understand and address challenges when they arise. This, in turn, facilitates the ability to manage and adapt to an ever-changing human existence. One’s level of adaptability moreover, determines how successful one will be in coping with change. People who have a high level of adaptability are generally effective in understanding problematic situations as well as finding suitable solutions to them, as well as constructive ways of dealing with setbacks and resiliently recovering from them.

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