MEMO: Responding to Stressors and Building Resilience

Throughout their lives, individuals have been subjected not only to an unusual amount of negative traumatic events, but also many minor stressors reflecting society’s attitude towards them as being “maladjusted”. The resulting impact of these major stressors and/or the accumulation of minor stressors on self-esteem is that these individuals develop a picture of themselves of […]

Resilience vs. Overreaction to Stress-Memo

In order to cultivate an understanding of what strategies lead to resilience, it is important to explore the mechanisms leading to excessive reactions in response to stress. We have already reviewed the large body of literature which indicates the diminishment of the cognitive triad (the negative view of the self, of others and negative expectations […]

Learning/Unlearning: Resilience & Personalization

Since the brain is still developing, during the experience of psychosis, the majority of the individuals miss out on the kind of learning experiences that will help them to adapt. On the other hand, the learning that does take place often involves the ideas that the individual is abnormal, inferior, devalued, and undesirable. The therapy […]

Restoration to Life & Relapse Prevention -Resilience

We have found that we can restore individuals, to a large degree, to their previous lives. However, as our fellows have pointed out, what is to prevent them from relapsing after they are subjected to the stresses and strains of living in the community? We know from their past histories that they did have a […]