Factors and Traits to Promote Resilience

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Creating resilience in people is not always easy. It is important that each and every school and community is ready for a devastating event to happen to their area. Unfortunately, it is a fact of life that something will happen. Too often, people just think that something bad will happen to “other people”. I think the most important thing is to start the training before a tragedy occurs; that way people are more able and willing to take the path of resiliency then to have to build that path after tragedy has occurred. It is important to realize that, “resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even significant sources of stress -- such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. It means "bouncing back" from difficult experiences” (apa.org, 2012). One of the greatest times of mass resilience that I have ever witnessed is that of September 11th. It was like this contagious disease that everyone felt that they had to stand up and fight back. However, I think that since there were so many people in similar circumstances in the same area, that the path of resiliency was built by leaders of the movement and others just followed down that path. Because, “resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have; it involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone” (apa.org, 2012). If a school shooting would happen, then numerous factors would need to take place for resiliency to occur. First and foremost, it would be so important that the school would have help available instantly. This way an open line of communication could be started instantly. The sooner this happens, the sooner the students will feel confident and be able to move on from the tragedy. Seeing their peers experience similar
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