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ERIC Number: EJ1206932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8225
Resilience and Thinking Perpendicularly: A Meditation or Morning Jog
Webb, Richard E.; Rosenbaum, Philip
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v33 n1 p75-88 2019
In this article, we explore the topic of resilience. We consider some of the ways that resilience relates to managing stress levels, with the intention of developing a capacity to "keep going." However, we find that this model does not match our clinical experience and propose instead that resilience is about the ability to think perpendicularly. We define this as the developmental capacity to take perspective and alter one's coordinates to think and feel about things in new lights. We locate this achievement in a developmental model originating with Object Relations, and relate it to achieving the "depressive position," which recognizes the substantial gray areas in life. Finally, we use Plato's allegory of the Cave to underscore our thinking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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