Module two will further demonstrate how our emotions play a big part in being resilient. It will also cover strategies for looking after your emotions to support you rather than work against you.
Nearly everyone has found themselves in an irrational fight at some point. To avoid these uncomfortable clashes, it’s important for the human brain to manage the quick reactions of the chimp brain.
It doesn’t take a neuroscientist to know that people don’t always act rationally. The reality is, even when people know what the most rational response should be, we often end up doing something entirely different. But why is this?
It’s because the human brain is divided into two distinct parts: The “Human” or “Rational” and the “Limbic System” which for our purposes is referred to as the “Inner Chimp”.
The first is the “human,” or rational, part, which is located in the frontal lobe. This is the section of the brain that thinks and acts based on fact.
The second part, which lives in the limbic system, is known as the inner chimp. This section of the brain is entirely more primitive and immediate.
Have you ever dealt with a really difficult situation? We’ve all had our emotional resilience tested. Sometimes it feels like you just want to give up. Now let’s go further into handling our emotions as they play a huge part in our resilience. This next section will help us to understand why….
Emotional resilience refers to our ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. More resilient people are able to "roll with the punches" and adapt to adversity without lasting difficulties; less resilient people have a harder time with stress and life changes, both major and minor.
So, how do the toughest people summon the will to keep going? Steven Southwick and Dennis Charney have studied resilient people for over 20 years. They spoke with Vietnam prisoners of war, Special Forces instructors and civilians who dealt with terrible experiences like medical problems, abuse and trauma.
The following graphic contains ten top tips on how to build your emotional resilience.
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