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Welcome to the Research Guide for ENG101, College Writing.  Please use this guide to find resources for your assignment.  Please contact myself or any BCC Librarian if you have any questions.

Adversity & Resilience

Word cloud: words relating to adversity


Merriam Webster defines it as:  a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune.

After two years of research, I discovered that everyone has a crisis personality survivor IQ—that they marshal in a moment of adversity: a mindset and ways of thinking about a situation. —  Ben Sherwood, Newsweek, 2 Feb. 2009   (article available through library database AcademicOne File).

Book The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood available through Bristol Library.

This book is also available through Google Books, not the entire book but the introduction and chapter one in full.  You can also cite a chapter of a book.  Click here to look at this book if you are interested.


Resilience is defined as a certain set of character strengths that enables an individual to adapt, cope, and thrive in the face of adversity. Resilience is a learned aptitude rather than a personality trait. People are not necessarily born resilient, but rather learn to be resilient through experience.

Resilience can be learned from both direct and indirect experiences of adversity. For example, because Joseph was often bullied in school as a young child, he may be more resilient to the hazing by his fraternity brothers in college. On the other hand, because Sarah, Joseph's mother, fought against cancer and lived to tell about it, Joseph may be more resilient when he develops cancer after college.  from Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice


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