Bouncing Back

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We now know, from the latest advances in neuroscience, that capacities for resilience are innate in the brain, hard-wired in by evolution.
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How well these capacities develop as we mature depends on our responses to our life experiences and how those experiences shape the neural circuitry and functioning of our brains which in turn influence our responses.
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Whether we tend to bounce back from terrible setbacks or stay where we’ve been thrown depends on our learned patterns of response to other people and events.
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These patterns become fixed, not just incorporated into a behavioral repertoire but deeply encoded into our neural circuitry, from an early age.
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They shape not only the ways we cope with challenges but also the functioning of the brain itself.
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Only in recent years have neuroscientists begun to understand how to harness the brain’s capacities to radically rewire these neural circuits and rebuild the functioning of the brain to increase resilience.
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Science doesn’t have all the answers yet.
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