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Today's Big Idea: Psychological Resilience

The Big Idea for Sunday, November 11, 2012

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. 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimism Creates Resilience
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 Mindfulness: How to Call Off the Emotional Attack Dogs
    Paul Ekman
  3. 3 The Value of Modest Breakthroughs
    Aubrey de Grey
  4. 4 Dennis Charney: The Resilient Brain
    Dennis Charney
 

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