For International Women’s Day this year I ran an event about personal resilience and what it means. As I am no Aarti Anhal (Before Nine) who has a fantastic grasp on the subject and ran an inspiring workshop around it for my university, I decided on an hour’s directed group discussion (discretion being the better part of valour). For it I repaired to the Great God Google to see if I could find an actual definition of resilience. It was harder than I thought, but eventually I did find something. It summed resilience up as an ability to recover, but it added ‘mental toughness’ as the ability to endure the things that a crisis throws at you. I realised that my own definition of resilience actually conflated the two, and in doing so I’d made my life incredibly difficult.
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