Resilience is often considered the ability to deal with life’s challenges, whether you’re dealing with a small disappointment or a crisis of disastrous proportions.
Resilience is built into our brains, however, over time we learn unhelpful patterns, which then become fixed in our neural circuitry.
But neuroscience is now revealing that what we previously thought was hardwired and couldn’t be changed can actually be rewired to form new neural connections that bring about change and improve mental health.
Linda Graham has written extensively about this in her book Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being, where she writes about how to improve your well-being and resilience by using the power of neuroplasticity.
In this interview Linda shares:
- her definition of resilience
- how the brain develops resilience – or not
- how early development of resilience goes wrong
- how to recover resilience through the neuroplasticity of the brain
- how mindfulness helps us recover resilience
- how empathy and self-acceptance assist with building resilience
- how resonant relationships play a role in resilience
- what is somatic intelligence and how it helps us recover resilience
- the role of positive emotions in helping to build resilience
- reflection and response flexibility and how it helps shift patterns of response
- exercises she uses with her clients to build resilience
If you’re interested in learning more from Linda Graham, check out her live online training event hosted by Australia Counselling on November 26, 2015 called: Shift Happens: How to Help Your Clients Bounce Back From Disappointment, Difficulty, Even Disaster.
Links and resources mentioned in this episode:
- Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being – Linda Graham, MFT. Available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.
- Linda Graham, MFT – website
- 5 Ethical Practice-Building Strategies for Counsellors – Australia Counselling free ecourse
About Linda Graham
Linda Graham, MFT, is an experienced psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology into her nationwide trainings. Her monthly Healing and Awakening into Aliveness and Wholeness e-newsletters are archived on www.lindagraham-mft.net
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