Very detailed post about Resilience! Thought it was brilliant!
Throughout my recovery, many people praised or derided me for my resiliency. I thought I knew what they meant about being a resilient person. But I didn’t. In my mind, resilience was just a word people used to describe how flexible and malleable I was. Flexible meaning I was easily manipulated. Malleable as in I was a doormat without my own thoughts who could be taken advantage of and treated carelessly and used. They compared me to a rubber chicken, Gumby, a rubber ball who always bounced back, a puppy with too much energy – that was resilience.
And resilient meant weak, not strong, in my family.
But resilience is not weak. Flexibility does not equal doormat. Malleable does not mean easily taken advantage of or manipulated. And bouncing back is not an indication of stupidity.
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