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Resilience Quiz: In Stressful Times, Can You Find Your Resilience?

We're often told that we're a resilient people, and that our resilience will see us through what is likely to be a year filled with financial hardship. But why are some people better able than others to weather traumatic events like a job loss, home foreclosure, or personal ordeals? And which of our personality traits are associated with resilience?

To find out, we spoke with two experts: Steven J. Wolin, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University, co-director of Project Resilience and co-author (with Sybil Wolin, PhD) of The Resilient Self: How Survivors of Troubled Families Rise Above Adversity; and Bernhard Kempler, PhD, clinical psychologist and Holocaust survivor. With their help, we have put together a quiz to test what you know about resilience, and to offer a few tips on bolstering your share of this essential human strength.

  1. What is resilience?
  2. Who is resilient?
  3. Who tends to be most resilient?
  4. Who tends to be least resilient?
  5. Which of these attributes is associated with resilience?
  6. Resilient people:
  7. Are there some experiences for which it is most crucial to be resilient?
  8. When is a traumatic event most likely to rob us of our resilience?
  9. When something brings back a painful memory, resilient people:

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