Cognitive Reappraisal: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger
You can grow from failure and then you work at it again. You never give up. You keep pushing forward.
Dennis S. Charney, MD, is the Dean of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and a world expert in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of neural circuits and neurochemistry related to human anxiety, fear, mood and discovery of new treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. He later expanded this area into pioneering research related to the psychobiological mechanisms of human resilience to stress. He's a professor of neuroscience at Mt. Sinai.
A prolific author, Dr. Charney has written more than 700 publications, including groundbreaking scientific papers, chapters, and books. He has authored a many books, including Neurobiology of Mental Illness (Oxford University Press, USA, Third Edition, 2009); The Peace of Mind Prescription: An Authoritative Guide to Finding the Most Effective Treatment for Anxiety and Depression (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004); The Physicians Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorders (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006), and Resilience and Mental Health: Challenges Across the Lifespan (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Dr. Charney’s most recent book is Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges (Cambridge University Press).
Part of the resilience prescription is what we call cognitive reappraisal, and that involves looking at the trauma that you have unfortunately experienced and reframing it. You assimilate it into your life view and you move on. In a sense it does become part of you, but by assimilating it into your life view you can even grow from it. We call that post traumatic growth. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, that is apparently a song now that is quite popular even though that was a quote from Nietzsche.
By reframing the trauma and assimilating it into your life view you can move on and not be stuck in the trauma, but along the way you will experience failure. There will be disappointments. You'll still have some reminders and symptoms of the trauma, but that's OK because you can grow from failure. In fact, you really can't grow as a person and reach your full potential unless you fail.
Then you know you've been kind of pushing the envelope. Failure is good. You can grow from failure and then you work at it again. You never give up. You keep pushing forward.
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