Psychological Resilience Class Feedback (Part Two)

“Thank you for asking me to tell my story.

The year before I took the course was a very difficult year; it was as if fate wanted to compound many major traumas into a short year. It has been so bad, that I have only been able to five people, not including myself that know the full story. Therefore, before I took the course, people were already complimenting me on how well I was handling things, but I wanted to be able to progress farther and learn the techniques to do so, and the course delivered. It not only taught techniques, but it also provided objective perspectives. In particular it was interesting to read about the contributing factors that Bonato presented in the paper I needed to read about the post traumatic growth in abusive relationships.

I would highly recommend this course for anyone who believes that they would like to improve their resiliency, but not for anyone who does not. Although, what I appreciated most about the course has been the classmates. The discussions in class and outside of class are things that could probably only come from people that know that learning resiliency is so important that it is worth devoting three intense week to learning just a little bit more about it.
The two most important things I learned were the ABC theory, belief is more important than actual events in determining consequences. Bad things can happen, but if one controls their beliefs, looks for the benefits, measures what assets they have to handle the situation, as well as looking at the positive benefits of the change, one will be able to live a more successful life. And of course the opposite is also true. Good things can happen, and if one looks at the negative and the lack, there will be less success.
Since learning that, I have been focused on realistic optimism and have been making the right choices to progress in my career.
Also I have learned immediate techniques. When handling a large problem I go to the gym not just for the dopamine, but it tires me out so I can only think about the problem at hand not distracting thoughts. I have opened up and now seek out social support much more easily, and I look for humor more in situations. However the biggest immediate change has been a focus on seeking gratitude immediately after a problem. That actually has an effect of changing breathing to calm me down and has even reduced physical pain. Additionally it can be a mental challenge that provides additional insights into situations. Moreover, it just feels good”.
Eric Ehmann – US
“As a psychologist who works and conducts researches on violence and trauma, it was necessary for me to take the resilience course. Resilience is a very important field because its discourse is focused on the individual, especially on the health issue. I could learn more about Positive Psychology – which I didn’t have a lot of knowledge before – and how it emphasizes in the individual’s potential aspects instead of psychopathological aspects, as traditional psychology does.
I also liked the classes because they were interactive and dynamic. The class was multicultural. The students could discuss the subjects to each other and that was what I liked most. It’s good to know different points of view and it’s even better to know people from all over the world”.
Thayse Dantas – Brazil

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