Resilience and Spirituality Essay

2764 Words Feb 16th, 2015 12 Pages
Resilience and Spirituality
Jessica Polster
Liberty University

Abstract
Resilience or bouncing back after trauma, happens to all people at some time in their life. Whether that be after the death of a family member, seeing combat, watching a friend die, being abused, there are many forms of trauma that people deal with on a day-to-day basis. “The term resilience is used across a variety of domains” (Dees, 2011). How someone bounces back after the trauma plays a big role in how they will live out the rest of their lives. Some people after a trauma occurs make sure they guard their current relationships of the people who had helped them out. They also might rethink their future, maybe they need a job change, maybe it’s that person’s
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Going through the Resilience Life Cycle one can get a better understanding of exactly what is needed for recognizing when resilience is needed. The Resilience Life Cycle plays a large role in recognizing resilience. When resilience is recognized it might be easier for someone to figure out exactly what they may need to heal or grieve in a healthy way. Although, it is much more than just knowing the resilience life cycle and knowing how to recognize when help is needed in order to tell if a person will be resilient in their time of need. “No single or specific factor will determine resilience or poor functioning. It is the interaction between numerous factors that ultimately determines whether an individual or family will be resilient in the face of adversity” (MacDermid, Samper, Schwarz, Nishida & Nyaronga, 2008). In order to fully recognize how to build resilience one needs to completely understand the resilience life cycle.

There are a few different parts to the Resilience Life Cycle, before, during and after which is also known as “Building resilience, weathering the storm, and bouncing back” (Dees, 2011). Building resilience has six sub parts, these parts all play a different role in making sure people understand who they know and trust, what their mission in life is and getting ready for trauma. The first subpart of building resilience is knowing your calling which “implies a deep sense of conviction to pursue noble

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