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The neuroscience of resilience

This article by John Hendry was originally published by Resilient Youth.

“Resilience is the restoration of hope.”

Hope is restored only when one regains or feels a sense of control of the “existing moment plus a belief of possible control of future moments”. Hope is the foundation of resilience and “there is a Hope Circuit in the brain.” (Martin Seligman p379 The Hope Circuit) The neuroscience of helplessness has been discovered by Steve Maier. He describes that when shock is inescapable the concentration of the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT) in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) of the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) produces a loss of hope, of control, which produces the feeling of helplessness. Resilience is inhibited….

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