November 11

Going Mental

Sunday’s Big Idea

Today's Big Idea: Psychological Resilience

Today is Veteran's Day, and that is why we are featuring a video that describes how certain prisoners of war were able to survive great adversity. It is a testament to their patriotism and certainly their courage.

We can also all learn something from them. According to Dr. Dennis Charney, the prisoners of war were able to cope with torturous conditions for years on end because they had the appropriate coping mechanisms -- the ability to both recognize that they were in danger but also maintain an optimistic attitude about their situation.

No one can do this alone. So for those in solitary confinement, Charney tells us it involved coming up with a "tap code" to communicate through the cell walls with other POWs. Charney says we all need a "tap code," a way of communicating with a network of friends and family that we can share our feelings with. 

 

  1. 1 The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimi...
  2. 2 Mindfulness: How to Call Off the ...
  3. 3 The Value of Modest Breakthroughs
  4. 4 Dennis Charney: The Resilient Brain
   
  1. The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimism Creates Resilience

    The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimism Creates Resilience

    Just as POWs developed a method to communicate by tapping a code through their cell walls, Dr. Dennis Charney says we all need a tap code to enable us to share feelings with people we can count on. 

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  2. Mindfulness: How to Call Off the Emotional Attack Dogs

    Mindfulness: How to Call Off the Emotional Attack Dogs

    Nature didn't give us any tools to control our emotions. That is why psychologist Paul Ekman says you need to keep a diary of your emotions, writing what you are experiencing in great detail.

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  3. The Value of Modest Breakthroughs

    The Value of Modest Breakthroughs

    Aubrey de Grey explains why savoring small victories is the key to overcoming seemingly impossible challenges in science.

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  4. Dennis Charney: The Resilient Brain

    Dennis Charney: The Resilient Brain

    Mindfulness therapy is an emerging, non-pharmacological therapy that involves exercising the human brain to improve learning, memory problems, anxiety and problems with depression.

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