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Blog 5: Communication and Resilience

There is no doubt that disaster will occur, and people will be involved with a crisis somehow or another.  The thing that is important to think about though is whether you will be permanently damaged by this crisis, whether you will be resistant to the crisis, or whether you will be resilient.

Resilience is a process linking a set of adaptive capacities to a positive trajectory of functioning and adaptation after a disturbance.  What this means is that after a crisis occurs, whether it be as catastrophic as an earthquake or hurricane, or simply breaking up with your significant other, you are able to bounce back.  There are usually three options for a response to a crisis:

1. Permanent damage – you never recover from a crisis, with it usually settling in depression and haunting you for the rest of your life.
2 . Resistance – shrugging off a crisis as though you never cared and it does not affect you.  This can end in mounting hidden resentment or simply you becoming a stoic, unemotional person.
3. Resilience –  being affected by a crisis, but being able to come to terms with it and move on from it in a good way.

Option 3 is obviously the best of the three, however it is also very difficult to do. There are many factors that play into this.  Four main factors of this are:

1. Economic Development
2. Social Capital
3. Community Competence
4. Information and communication

If you make all 4 of these your top priority then you will be well on your way to recovering from any crisis.

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