Resilience Training in an Ever Changing and Stressful World

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“Resilience is a dynamic process whereby individuals exhibit positive behavioral adaptation when they encounter significant adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress”. Excerpt from the article, link below…


Resilience is key, since we live  in a world where everything changes. We are forced remain adaptable throughout our lifespan given this reality of change.  We have to come up with solutions for ongoing survival for ourselves, our families, our communities, our Nations, and the Planet.  Today’s tax laws will not serve us now; using last years tax laws will likely get us into hot water.  Last years financial strategies are not enough for congruence with today’s markets.  What it took to live a stable life 20 years ago will never do it today. We depend on inner resilience.

So how do we remain resilient in the fast pace change that is the Western approach?  Keep up or you lose; pull yourself up by your bootstraps or you fall behind. This is the way that our society functions. No-one gets to have a free ride.  We all must work to make our life and that of our family sustainable.

But what happens if you do fall behind, become overwhelmed by the rapid pace of change. What happened if you do become burdened to the point that you cannot keep up.  Current research demonstrates that a good percentage of our population has symptoms of traumatic stress.  Having worked in the field of trauma resolution for more that thirty years, I can attest to this.  In private, most people share that there are areas of their life where they feel unable to face or deal with.   Be it relationships, work, the social domain, their spiritual life, matter of health or family concerns, most of us have areas where we feel blocked. We feel incapable of functioning effectively and these are all signs and symptoms of unresolved stress, or simply, traumatic stress.

Brain function…

Our brains, our Central Nervous Systems, are all about adaptation, all about solving ongoing problems and coming up the constant solutions to the change in our lives. This is good science and so we come back to adaptability and the resilience necessary to handle insults, shocks, and the ‘outrageous misfortune’ that Mr. Shakespeare wrote about in his plays hundreds of years ago. Face it, Western culture has a history of violent change from war to the Industrial Revolution to global financial disaster and this affects each and every one of us since we are now all citizens of this eight thousand diameter planet that we all inhabit together.

But what happens when we do become overwhelmed, what I prefer to call biological system overload, where our  body-psyche cannot process day to day changes effectively?  For my professional experience, symptoms are simply biological compensatory behaviors that we neither control nor can change until we renormalize the underlying blocks, or energy overload, which by the way is completely consistent with current trauma theory and practice.


What I have seen the past 10 years of clinical practice using NeurOptimal® Brain Training is that our brains can improve their own resilience, and this ability is inherent in our development as a species.  If we can mirror back to the brain how it is using its own biological energy, our brains are fully capable of re-normalizing themselves (a non-linear physics term); or in other word, of healing themselves.  Since the brain is primarily an energy conserving system, its innate instinct is to solve problems in the most calm, efficient, and highly effective manner possible.  By providing it with information about itself in a non-invasive manner, and since it is already a highly sophisticated biological feedback system, it can improve its survival capabilities. In other words, it can improve its ability to learn from direct experience and advance its own agenda of thriving and evolving.

Improving resilience does not mean that we will have no problems or challenges. On the contrary, in a highly complex and complicated world, it mean that they increase.  But building resilience does mean that we are more capable of meeting ongoing challenge and growing through it, becoming stronger and more capable rather then being worn down by it.  These are the kind of results that I have seen in my clients over the past decade.  The child who was not functioning well in school begins to thrive.  Those whose anxiety or depression prevent them from extending themselves in life begin to see shifts in their ability to meet challenge and penetrate problems that they were incapable of facing previously.  To get a better sense of what clients say they experience, see the 2014 Survey.


Link to the Scientific American Mind article entitled “Enhance Your Resilience”                                                                   by Stephen M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney