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The Five Pillars of Resilience

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The Five Pillars of Resilience and the Origins of Resilience in Psychology

The 5 Pillars of Resilience is a validated and evidencebased model, offering a holistic view of five key elements which support wellbeing: 

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Sustaining and renewing physical energy to have the capacity to keep going through challenging times. 

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Future Focus

Having a clear sense of purpose and direction to help to move forwards without getting stuck or feeling held back. 

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Inner Drive

Sustaining self-belief when times get tough, displaying confidence, motivation and perseverance. 

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Flexible Thinking

Having an open and optimistic mindset, enabling a positive and adaptive response to change and challenges. 

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Strong Relationships

Building open and trusting relationships and being willing to call on these for help and support if facing a challenge. 

Improving Resilience will bring higher levels of wellbeing and improved performance

  • Affects your cognitive abilities and processes, enabling you to think more creatively and to be more effective at problem-solving.
  • Influences your attitudes to work – raising your propensity to be co-operative and collaborative, thus supporting good working relationships.
  • Improving your physiology and general health – benefiting your cardiovascular health and immunity, enabling speedier recovery from illness, and securing greater levels of energy and potentially effort.

The origins of Resilience in Psychology

The Term Resilience or Psychological Resilience was first used in the 1970s and made popular by Emmy Warner. She studied children from low socioeconomic backgrounds in Hawaii. In this study, she realised numerous factors had an influence on an individual’s Resilience. Things like social support systems, and relationships – both family, friends and the community you lived in. It also factored in an individual’s access to opportunities and resources.

Resilience training we offer

MPI Learning has been working in the space of Resilience for several years, starting with Developing Resilience as a Leader, but as the idea has taken hold in the world of work it has become popular at all levels.


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