Personal resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to successfully adapt to life tasks in the face of social pressure or other highly adverse conditions. Adversity and stress can come in the shape of family or relationship problems, personal challenges, or workplace and financial worries, or general world change, among others. Resilience is one’s ability to bounce back from a negative experience with “adaptive function”. Resilience is not a rare ability; in reality, it is found in the average individual and it can be improved by virtually anyone. Resilience should be considered a process, rather than a trait to be had. It is a process of individuation through a structured system with gradual discovery of personal and unique abilities.

A common misconception is that resilient people are free from negative emotions or thoughts, and remain optimistic in most or all situations. To the contrary, resilient individuals have an ability to effectively and relatively easily navigate around or through crises. In other words, people who demonstrate resilience are people with optimistic attitude and positive emotionality and are, by practice, able to effectively balance negative emotions with positive ones.

In military studies it has been found that resilience is also dependent on social support: unit cohesion and morale is the best predictor of combat resiliency within a unit or organization. Resilience is highly correlated to peer support and group cohesion. Units with high cohesion tend to experience a lower rate of psychological breakdowns than units with low cohesion and morale. High cohesion and morale enhance adaptive stress reactions.

 After 36 years as working as a therapist, in private practice most of that time,  I have not seen a more effective approach to improving resilience that NeurOPTIMAL® Neurofeedback.  Our brain, or Central Nervous System, is an highly adaptable organ, more complex and sophisticated that we can even imagine.  But because of the pace of our lives often, and due to unresolved traumatic stress that many people are carrying, our brain becomes inefficient, stretched to its limit. Our brain has to do more than it is ideally meant to.  It not only has to adapt to life changes moment to moment (its main task), but then it has to deal with the past and the future, neither of which really exist except in our imagination which we are generating. And because the brains main characteristic is energy conservation, it is spending energy like a race horse in the final lap.
NeurOPTIMAL® dynamical neurofeedback optimal training is able to monitor  energy expenditure. Anytime the brain is about to go into a transition, either ascending or descending, the software generates an interruption in the audio stream and the brain must return to the present moment.  This return to the present moment, rather than continue on its automatic and habit trajectory, is what it does 24/7/365 anyway. It is called evoking the Orienting Response.
Except with NeurOPTIMAL® it is receiving unique information that it is not privy otherwise.  When we reach a threshold of overload, compensatory mechanisms take over instinctually in order to manage that overload.  If you set the thermometer in you home at 7o degrees and it does not turn off when it achieves that pre-determined threshold, you got trouble.  Same with humans! And so nature has developed this mechanism in us to keep us from essentially burning out.
NeurOPTIMAL® trains the brain to recognize when it is spending energy ineffectively and for the brain to drop the less than optimal state that it is generating, and return to the present. And because the brain can learn (it’s called neuro-plasticity) our resilience improves because less energy expenditure means a calmer you.  So we do not need to diagnose, or come up with protocols that the rest of the neurofeedback field must, in order to push change based on what the operator ‘believes’ is the problem. We are way more complex than that.  We simply reflect back to the brain its own activity and the brain adapts based on innate intelligence, not our belief about what we think it needs.

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