"Resilience: More than a Metaphor"
ALEX J. ZAUTRA Ph.D
Foundation Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University
We know from anecdote and research, science and art, that human resilience is a powerful, seemingly ubiquitous force. What is needed is a better understanding of the properties, applications, and variations of that concept. In this talk, I offer a road map for future research guided by past and present empirical evidence. I begin by defining Resilience as a natural capacity for sustainability of purpose and recovery from adversity, shaped by social-cultural forces within communities. Using data from a series of studies on chronic pain I illustrate how resilience is more than a metaphor, advocate methods for research on resilience across the life-span, and open discussion of innovative interventions designed to further resilience within people and across communities.