Resilience Essay

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Kenneth Zedan Professor Kempler English 961 November 10, 2014 Resilience Essay The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape, resilience, is what determines who the victors are. Resilience is quite easily put as someones determination to get back up after being pushed down: “When the world shoves you around, you just gotta stand up and shove back. It’s not like somebody’s gonna save you if start babbling excuses” (Zoro One Piece). While resilience is something that can not be taught, resilience is something that parents must help cultivate in their children. Based on several readings, Parents must support autonomy, provide love, and suggest mentors to promote resilience in their children. Promoting resilience in children requires parents to support autonomy; autonomy support is a key point in a child’s life because it gives them experience in making decisions, Bruce D. Perry said in his book The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog And other stories from a child psychiatrists notebook: What traumatized children can teach us about loss, love, and healing that “It is experience making decisions that wires them, and it can’t be done without taking some risks. We need to allow children to try and fail” (240). With this sentence we understand that Perry is really trying to say, and that is that failure is a stepping stone to success. Also it is shown that risks must be taking to move forward. The importance of autonomy support is massive; in fact, there are six steps to autonomy support that all parents should know to promote resilience in their children. In Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self Motivation by Edward L. Deci states that the six steps to autonomy support are “ Take others perspective, offer choice, provide relevant information, give the rationale, acknowledging others feelings, minimize controlling language and attitudes”

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