Archive for the ‘Resilience’ Category

Interesting research support that experiences can significantly change brain.

“The study, which has been published in the renowned scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry, shows that it is the imbalance between the two signalling systems which determines the severity of the symptoms suffered by the individual rather than the degree of change in a single system. Others have previously speculated that the biological basis of psychiatric disorders such as PTSD includes a shift in the balance between different signalling systems in the brain but none has yet proved it. The results of the study are a great leap forward in our understanding of PTSD. It will contribute new knowledge which can be used to design improved treatments for traumatised individuals.” (excerpt)


Source: Posttraumatic stress disorder reveals imbalance between signalling systems in the brain


The most common response people offer is that dignity is about respect. To the contrary, dignity is not the same as respect. Dignity is our inherent value and worth as human beings; everyone is born with it. Respect, on the other hand, is earned through one’s actions.∣=nytcore-iphone-share&utm_content=bufferda319&utm_medium=social&

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William Blake Doesn’t Look A Lot Like Jesus by Duane Sharrock


As a creative, I am obsessed with limitations and the paths of transcendence beyond these limitations. Occasionally, I recall the inspirational examples of the limitations of the English (American) alphabet, that there are only 26 letters and yet we never run out of ways to assemble and combine them so that novels and short stories are created, poems and speeches move us emotionally and transform entire societies, in ways that make us learn or feel. Narratives do so much for us. Also, there is music.

Source: William Blake Doesn’t Look A Lot Like Jesus | Duane Sharrock | LinkedIn

We tend to idealize childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children face. Children can be asked to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom to bullying by classmates or even abuse at home. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience.

Source: Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers

The “rage to master”: What it takes for those scary-smart kids to succeed –

Anna Olechowska

“Psychologists have just begun to research the impact of caregiving on cognitive functions, but the preliminary evidence shows that the chronic stress of caregiving is a negative effect. For example, researchers have noted sleep deprivation, which caregivers often report, can lead to a decrease in proper cognitive abilities, such as attention or memory. In a phone survey, participants were asked to recall a 10-item word list, and caregivers did far worse. You can see the full results in the first link. Another study that examined the effects of chronic stress of caregiving on cognitive function found a decline in hippocampal function, which is associated with the storage of information such as vocabulary. I’ll link you to a few more studies and articles that examine the cognitive load of caregiving, but these are still early findings.”

via Research Network Response | Wonder.

This is a powerful statement:

“Don’t confuse outputs for outcomes. We often celebrate the outputs of our work. When something gets launched or when we cross another checkbox off of our to-do list. But by celebrating outputs instead of outcomes, we lose the spark of what motivated us to innovate in the first place. We don’t do what we do to cross items off a list, we do what we do because it has an impact. “Don’t get blinded by the output and celebrate the wrong win,” Reynolds stated. His example? Building a well isn’t what we celebrate. Instead, celebrate when the well is providing clean water and better health for an entire village.”

via How to Fuel Collaboration & Innovation: 2015 99U Conference Recap 1 – 99U.

Good reflective writing usually involves four key elements:

reporting and responding to a critical issue or experience;

relating this issue or experience to your own knowledge in this field;

reasoning about causes and effects of this issue/experience according to relevant theories or literature and/or similarities or differences with other experiences you’ve had; and

reconstructing your thinking to plan new ways to approach the issue or engage in similar experiences in the future

via QUT cite|write – Reflective writing.