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Are we really 'resilient', or are we just overexploited?


Excellent piece. I agree that resilience is an ambiguous virtue. "Resilience" may describe a healthy ability to feel and express shame, guilt, sadness, pain or anger, and then move on. Or it may describe emotional denial, burying ones feelings beneath "armour plating" until they explode in rage, depression, substance abuse or any other one of a number of final common pathways. As Orwell might have put it, when it comes to emotional health, "strength is vulnerability". I hope that those promoting the virtue of resilience remember this.

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29 Jan 2015

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