When dealing with a traumatic experience – such as child abuse or a disaster – resilience plays a major role. But what is resilience and what factors play a role in its development?
Why is it that some brains have developed the ability to cope in harsh conditions, while others struggle? Resilience gives less leverage to negative factors in our lives, and tips the balance in favour of positive outcomes. It can be built over time. Toxic stress however, as a result of child abuse, can tip the balance in a negative way.
This is shown effectively in this animation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJvDrT6N-mw), made by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, with help from the FrameWorks Institute and the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. Watch below!