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Resilience is more about being flexible than about staying positive

  • Sander L. Koole (a1), Susanne Schwager (a2) and Klaus Rothermund (a2)

Kalisch et al. propose a positive appraisal style as the key mechanism that underlies resilience. The present authors suggest that flexibility in emotion processing is more conducive to resilience than a general positivity bias. People may achieve emotional flexibility through counter-regulation – a dynamic processing bias toward positive stimuli in negative contexts and negative stimuli in positive contexts.

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