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How Resilience Can Be Learned Alex Lickerman, M.D. The Undefeated Mind. Primary Care Group Student Health. About Me. Expect Obstacles. Our expectations influence our reactions to experiences Our expectations about task difficulty influence our performance. Self-Explanatory Style.

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How resilience can be learned alex lickerman m d

How Resilience Can Be Learned

Alex Lickerman, M.D.

The Undefeated Mind


About me

Primary Care Group

Student Health

About Me


Expect obstacles
Expect Obstacles

  • Our expectations influence our reactions to experiences

  • Our expectations about task difficulty influence our performance


Self explanatory style
Self-Explanatory Style

  • Self-explanatory style refers to the style with which we explain the causes of events

    • Optimistic

    • Pessimistic


Self-Explanatory Style and Depression

Suicidal ideation

Negative life events

Hirsch et al., 2009


Self explanatory style cont
Self-Explanatory Style, cont.

  • Naïve vs. realistic optimism

  • Depressive vs. defensive pessimism


Changing our self explanatory style
Changing Our Self-Explanatory Style

  • Practice imagining alternative causes of events

  • Avoid blanketing optimistic explanatory biases over all situations

Fresco et al., 2009


Accept pain
Accept Pain

  • Distraction with something that arouses emotion

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)


Accept pain cont
Accept Pain, cont.

  • Identify a situation that causes painful emotion(s) to arise (e.g., social anxiety)

  • Identify goals that painful emotion obstructs

  • Practice non-judgment/acceptance


Let go
Let Go

  • Sense-making

  • Benefit-finding


Mean Adjustment Score

Adjustment Measure

Davis et al, 2000


Let go cont
Let Go, cont.

  • Avoid attempts to “undo” past events


Find me

[email protected]

www.alexlickerman.com

Find Me


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