free trial
Log in
Manageris logoManageris logo


One must listen if one wishes to be listened to.La Rochefoucault

you are here : home > publications > Articles

How Resilience Works

What essential characteristics do resilient people have in common?

Author(s): Diane Coutu

Publisher: Harvard Business Review

Date of publication: 2002

Read this article on the publisher's website [Harvard Business Review]

Why do some people bounce back from incredible hardship, while others crumble? What explains their ability to resist and rebound despite extreme pain and pressure? Based on psychological research and the testimonials of people who have gone through such experiences, the author distinguishes three essential characteristics: a lucid acceptance of reality, a will to give meaning to things and a great ability to improvise on the spur of the moment. She describes these three dimensions in detail while emphasizing their equal importance.

This article is one of the sources used in Manageris’ synopses: