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The resilience of Japanese families after the earthquake

The resilience of Japanese families after the earthquake


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If it was not for JapanToday we would talk about other things that are also news, but the event has aroused so much unrest in our hearts that the magnitude of the catastrophe and its consequences cloud other events. Looking for the positive side of earthquake and tsunami, the term is worth rescuing resilience, which he defines very well in his latest book Happy children, the psychologist Alicia Banderas.

This psychologist reflects on the fact that some people, children, adolescents, young people and adults have managed to overcome the obstacles in life, face tremendously adverse situations and even emerge strengthened from them, achieving an admirable transformation and personal growth.

This is the case of people who have gone through terrible diseases, who have suffered situations of abuse or who have survived natural disasters such as earthquakes or tsunamis. It would be natural to think that the most normal thing is that these people would have been "touched" for life and, nevertheless, many of them have managed to maintain their balance and overcome the ordeals that life has thrown their way. Responsible is resilience, a novel concept within psychology, which refers to the ability of the human being to recover from adversity.

Resilient people are capable of maintaining balance even when they are going through a traumatic experience and should not be confused with the concept of recovery, which implies a gradual and gradual return to normality. The term actually comes from physics, and refers to the maximum amount of force that a material can withstand before breaking when it is subjected to a strong impact such as steel.

It does not mean being invincible, because like steel, although it is very hard, it can break. But what gives people the strength and courage to overcome fear and transform it into hope? What drives you to resist and rebuild through great personal growth?

Psychology says and reality confirms it, that experiencing traumatic events such as those that Japanese families, fathers, mothers, grandparents, children and babies are experiencing right now, can give us the opportunity to obtain a new learning that otherwise would not have been possible. been able to achieve and this can promote a metamorphosis and personal growth.

The culture of the Japanese people has a good foundation for resilience from the cradle. On other occasions, they have already shown that they have an enormous capacity to resist and rebuild in the face of life's adversities, and although this time nature has subjected them to a severe test, I hope they can emerge transformed and strengthened from it. We all have endless internal resources, also known as strengths. May they be able to gather all the strength that it takes to endure this vicissitude of life!

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