How would
you react?

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How would
you react?

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Trauma
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Post-Traumatic
Stress
Well-Being

pain → damage

negative event
Time
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Well-Being

Post-Traumatic

negative event
Time
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Post-Traumatic
Resilience
Well-Being

pain + time
→ normal

negative event
Time
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PostTraumatic
Growth
Well-Being

pain → growth

negative event
Time
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PostTraumatic
Growth

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How to Build a
Psychological
Immune System

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1. Practice
mind control
events

feelings

getting fired

depression

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1. Practice
mind control
events

thoughts

feelings

getting fired

“I’m a failure.”

depression

Wednesday, September 12, ...
2. Rewrite
your story

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2. Rewrite
your story

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You’re the
hero

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3. Find meaning
in tragedy
• “Maybe I got fired because I’m supposed to
start my own business.”
• “My father’s death is wha...
4. Explain negative
events optimistically
personal
permanent
out of my control
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4. Explain negative
events optimistically
personal

external

permanent

temporary

out of my control

what I can do

Wedn...
5. Expect a
comeback
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5. Expect
a comeback

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Jay Dixit
twitter.com/jaydixit
dixit@aya.yale.edu
jaydixit.com
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How to build a psychological immune system: how get through tough times and bounce back stronger than ever.

Resilience is when something terrible happens but you bounce back—every bit as happy, healthy, and strong as you were before. So what's the one thing better than resilience? Coming back stronger.

Psychology writer Jay Dixit on the new psychology of post-traumatic growth.

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  1. How would you react? Wednesday, September 12, 12
  2. How would you react? Wednesday, September 12, 12
  3. Trauma Wednesday, September 12, 12
  4. Post-Traumatic Stress Well-Being pain → damage negative event Time Wednesday, September 12, 12
  5. Well-Being Post-Traumatic negative event Time Wednesday, September 12, 12
  6. Post-Traumatic Resilience Well-Being pain + time → normal negative event Time Wednesday, September 12, 12
  7. PostTraumatic Growth Well-Being pain → growth negative event Time Wednesday, September 12, 12
  8. PostTraumatic Growth Wednesday, September 12, 12
  9. How to Build a Psychological Immune System Wednesday, September 12, 12
  10. 1. Practice mind control events feelings getting fired depression Wednesday, September 12, 12
  11. 1. Practice mind control events thoughts feelings getting fired “I’m a failure.” depression Wednesday, September 12, 12
  12. 2. Rewrite your story Wednesday, September 12, 12
  13. 2. Rewrite your story Wednesday, September 12, 12
  14. You’re the hero Wednesday, September 12, 12
  15. 3. Find meaning in tragedy • “Maybe I got fired because I’m supposed to start my own business.” • “My father’s death is what led me to become a doctor.” • “I believe I got Parkinson’s because I was meant to raise awareness.” Wednesday, September 12, 12
  16. 4. Explain negative events optimistically personal permanent out of my control Wednesday, September 12, 12
  17. 4. Explain negative events optimistically personal external permanent temporary out of my control what I can do Wednesday, September 12, 12
  18. 5. Expect a comeback Wednesday, September 12, 12
  19. 5. Expect a comeback Wednesday, September 12, 12
  20. Jay Dixit twitter.com/jaydixit dixit@aya.yale.edu jaydixit.com Wednesday, September 12, 12

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