La resilienza come competenza dinamica e volitiva

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Resilience as a dynamic and volitional competence

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The present volume is born from the enormous fascination exerted on the author by the ability found in some individuals to know how to deal effectively with a negative, destabilizing and critical event and to transform it into a stimulus for personal research that favors the positive reorganization of one's existence. How do some people get out of almost painless events? How can a stressful and traumatic event turn into an opportunity for growth and learning? These are the questions from which the research path starts, articulated in several stages, some of which have already been completed, others still to be approached and explored. We will talk about resilience as a fundamental and indispensable competence to act in current contexts characterized by profound instability and sudden changes that require people to be able to find a positive resolution in the face of destabilizing events. Resilience, at first glance, may seem a strange or unknown concept to the reader who will soon realize the exact opposite. It is indeed a competence present in each of us and that allows us not to succumb to adverse events but to react and arrive with "the head" where our more human side and the physical would yield. To do this, a change of perspective is required and the will to put in place behaviors directed towards the definition of a new balance that sometimes brings with it a strengthening or even an improvement with respect to the pre-traumatic situation. The volume is divided into eight chapters: in the first six, the prospect of investigation will be individual, while in the seventh chapter, we will discuss organizational resilience. Regardless of the survey approach adopted, it will in any case always be defined as a complex competence that is generated and consolidated through a process articulated in different phases. In the last chapter, an opportunity for reflection is offered that is far from the conceptions and postures of analysis frequently used in literature. The first chapter deals with the issue of the crisis that is conceived as an opportunity for improvement of the individual and not as an opportunity for accusation against the external system. The crisis is read as a stimulus to get out of the "comfort zone", that mental security condition where everything is known and therefore within which one moves at ease. Also in the first chapter, power is given to failure as an opportunity for growth and learning. The negative result is to be understood simply as the manifestation of a different result from the one expected. The second chapter continues with the hope of a change of perspective necessary to undertake the path that leads to the identification and subsequent development of individual resilience. The change of perspective will inevitably bring with it inhibitors that slow it down (cognitive traps, self-generated and self-strengthened limits and learned helplessness) and propellers that favor it (the spirit of curiosity and genuine interest as well as the maintenance of the self motivation). In the third chapter the conventional theory of talent that would like successful individuals with a privilege reserved for a select few will be refuted. It will be shown that people are born with a predisposition, an attitude or propensity towards an activity, which however must be cultivated with a rigorous method and with intentional practice. The examination of different models of talent continues with a critique and a commentary on them and with the presentation of the evolution of the resilience construct over time. It is within this chapter that the concepts of psychological robustness, prosperity and post-trauma growth are introduced. In the fourth chapter they will come illus
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Resilience as a dynamic and volitional competence
Original languageItalian
Number of pages174
ISBN (Print)9788834847909
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • competenza
  • resilienza


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