The Power of One: Understanding Resilience and Relationships
No matter who you are or where you come from, your life is bound to be crowded with challenges. How do individuals successfully overcome challenges? This is the central question of resilience research, research on how people “bounce back,” adjust to change, and overcome adversity. This research shows that having just one important personal relationship is the most important factor that promotes individual resilience. In this seminar, we will explore resilience and relationships in the lives of students. After briefly reviewing the history of resilience research, including the professor’s own investigations in this area, our class discussions will connect resilience research with many types of relationships: mentors and peers in college, family relationships, relationships at work, and romantic relationships. We will also touch on resilience and gender identity.