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The Resilience Advantage by Alan Weiss, Richard S. Citrin

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CHAPTER 5

Navigating the Waters

In this chapter, we’ll examine the second aspect of the Resilience Continuum, addressing stress in real time. We’ll explore why this is such a challenging skill to develop, why some people do it well, and how each of us can use the inherent knowledge that exists within biology to create more grace in pressure-filled situations.

The most challenging aspect of being stress resilient is dealing with stress in real time. When confronted by a difficult or challenging situation, we lose control, and we become lost in our biological response. That may be fine in cases of real emergencies, but many of our evoked stress reactions are not life or death, even if we sometimes make ourselves seem like they are.

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